Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park
During your visit to Besh Ba Gowah you will see Salado Ruins and both Ethno-botanical gardenand a Botanical garden and what is said to be the largest collection of Salado pottery artifacts in the world.
Visitors can start tours with a short video in the Auditorium depicting the Salado history and way of life, the coming of Apaches, miners and settlers. The video also includes information regarding the re-excavating of the ruins.
Our Ethno-Botanical Garden illustrates plants, which were used by the Salado in their daily lives for food, fiber, construction materials and dyes. As you walk through you can try using tools and grind corn as was done eight centuries ago.
The message is the “Spirit” still dwells in the pueblos. During this experience you can learn more about how the ancient Salado civilization survived here nearly 800 years ago, there are informative interpretive signs throughout the maze-like village. Climb the ladders to allow a full view of the park from the second story pueblo.
The Botanical Garden located below the Besh Ba Gowah grounds, is home to plants from the desert environment and provides a picnic area to visitors and citizens in the area. Some of these plants were generously donated out of local citizens yards & gardens. We will accept unwanted plants from homeowners for this garden.
The Don Haines Memorial Library houses a number of publications Southwest archaeology and anthropology, a pictorial of the Apache Sunrise Ceremony. Mr. Haines’ personal collection of hand-carved Apache Crown Dancers, and a Crown Dancer Hood donated by Dale Peterson. Both were friends of Besh Ba Gowah.
Before you leave the museum, our Gift Shop has many unique gifts & souvenirs for purchase. Including items made by local artists for purchase and on display.
There are two annual events that that take place at Besh Ba Gowah. We host Arizona Celebrates Archaeological Awareness Month the last weekend in March. The Sunday Prior to Christmas is Besh Ba Gowah Festival of Lightand where the ruin walls are decorated with over 1600 luminaries creating spirit for the Holidays. Both events are complete with entertainment & refreshments.
The City provides educational tours at no charge to schools, as a way to invest on the future of our youth. To book a tour bus or school tour, or for general information please contact the Museum.
Besh Ba Gowah Contact Information
1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd.
Globe, AZ 85501
Under 12: Free
12 - 64: $5
Besh Ba-Gowah is open 362 days a year from 9am - 4:30pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Phone: (928) 425-0320
Fax: (928) 402-1071