Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum

Besh Ba Gowah

Photo by:Rick Hossman


One mile southwest of the City of Globe, Arizona, stand the ruins of the ancient Salado people who occupied the site nearly 800 years ago.


This ancient village is known today as Besh Ba Gowah. The term was originally given by the Apaches to the early settlement of Globe. Roughly translated, the term means “place of metal.” 

The partially restored ruins, along with the adjacent museum provide a fascinating glimpse at the lifestyle of the people who occupied this region over two centuries before Columbus discovered the “New World.”

Besh Ba Gowah offers visitors a chance to explore the ruins, a museum which houses a large collection of Salado pottery and artifacts, botanical gardens, and a gift shop.


Photo by: Rick Hosman



Hours of OperationPots

Open Daily 9-4:30

Closed- Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Summer Hours

July 1 - September 30- Closed Monday & Tuesday

Admission Cost

Adults $5

Seniors (65+)  $4

Children (12- ) FREE


Contact Information 

1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. Globe, AZ 85501

(928) 425-0320


Click here to view the Besh Ba Gowah Brochure 

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Upcoming Events


Annual Festival of Lights

Sunday, December 18th, 2016 5-9 pm

2200 glowing luminaries are placed along the ruin walls lighting the way for visitors to celebrate the magic of the season.

The festival will offer cultural entertainment by the famed Yellow Bird Dance Group as well as a small variety of food vendors.

Admission is FREE for this event.

Parking is limited. Visitors are encouraged to use FREE shuttle services being offered.

Shuttle parking is located at 550 S. Broad St.