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

beshbagowah@globeaz.gov

 

Click here to view the Besh Ba Gowah Brochure 
                                                                                          
     

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by: Lee Kinnard

Events

 

Leather Stamping Workshop

Monday, February 15th, 2016 12-2 pm

Come join us for a FREE leatherstamping workshop. Guests of all ages are invited to stamp their very own leather wristband at no cost!

 

Salado Pottery Workshop

March 13-17, 2016

Instructor: Andy Ward

Cost: $350

Limit: 12 students

Includes: All materials, lunch each day, field trip to dig clay, tour of Besh Ba Gowah ruins, field trip to Tonto Cliff Dwellings and other nearby ruins.

This intensive five day pottery workshop will immerse you in the ancient world of the Salado who lived in Central and Southeast Arizona from 1275 to 1450 AD. The Salado produced some of the finest prehistoric examples of decorated pottery in the Southwest before they moved on around 1450 AD. During the course of this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the Salado people, examining ruins and artifacts, discuss how they lived, made pottery and where they vanished to, take a field trip to dig native clay, then authentically craft Salado style pottery, paint, polish, decorate and fire in an outdoor mesquite fire, all done just like the ancient potters.

More information at: http://www.palatkwapi.com/2015/10/besh-ba-gowah-salado-pottery-workshop-march-2016/ or contact the museum directly.


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.

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