Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum

Besh Ba Gowah

                                                                                                                   Photo Credit-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.



Hours of Operation
The museum and visitor center will remain closed due to COVID-19 until further notice. The ruins and grounds will be accessible to the public at no cost, during limited hours. The limited access hours will be Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. These hours are subject to change as deemed necessary by management. Thank you.

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

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Upcoming Events



Cancelled-Presentation and Discussion:

Communities in Transition: Hohokam and Salado Archaeology Along US 60 Near Superior, Arizona


Saturday March 21st 2:00pm- Besh Ba Gowah Museum

Presented by: Jay D. Franklin, PhD

Dr. Franklin will give an overview of archaeological investigations by EcoPlan Associates, Inc. along a four mile stretch of US 60 just east of Superior. Dr. Franklin will discuss the overall project chronology, culture history, and results of several kinds of analyses with attention to the pottery found. The project uncovered both Hohokam and Salado sites along Queen Creek and examines the social environments and interaction spheres of these populations during the period. This project provides new information on the upper Queen Creek corridor between the more intensely investigated Phoenix Basin and Tonto Basin/Globe Highlands.

Jay D. Franklin, PhD, is Director of Cultural Resources and a Principal Investigator for EcoPlan Associates, Inc. headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.  

For more information contact the museum at 928-425-0320 or