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
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

Birds of the Besh November 28th 9 am
with Jennifer Werrell

Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park is a great place to see birds – Catch a glimpse of an American Kestrel perched above, or a Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead. Anna’s Hummingbirds squabble at the front door nectar feeders and Vermilion Flycatchers perch and sortie, catching insects nearby. Each morning’s chorus features Gambel’s Quail, Curve-billed Thrashers, House Sparrows and Goldfinches. Local bird enthusiast Jennifer Werrell will host an hour long bird walk around Besh Ba Gowah educating attendees on the birds that frequent the area. The bird walk is free to attend and will begin at 9 am. Bring your binoculars and enthusiasm! The walk is open to birders of all skill levels.

Vermillion Flycatcher


Photo Credit -Candace Porth

Annual Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 5-9 pm

This years event will showcase 3000 glowing luminaries 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 Apache Flutist, Robert Wilson. A small variety of food and craft vendors will be onsite. Admission is FREE for this event but non-perishable food donations will be excepted to help support the Gila Community Food Bank this holiday season. Parking is limited. Visitors are encouraged to use FREE shuttle services being offered. Shuttles will run every 15-20 minutes. Shuttle parking and pick up is located at the Historic Train Depot 230 S. Broad St Globe, AZ 85501.