National Parks


The Southwest has the highest concentration of nationals parks in the nation. From the Grand Canyons inspiring views to the spiritual experiances of Mesa Verde's Anasazi Ruins, the diversity of experiences is almost limitless.

Most National Parks charge entrances fees that vary between parks and depending on the time of year. Annual Golden eagle Passes are sold, allowing unlimited access to all national park areas for the occupants of a vehicle. A Golden Age Passport is also available to anyone over 62 as well as a Golden Access Passport for disabled individuals.

Pets are allowed at most National Parks on a leash in limited areas, not including public buildings, or on trails, or in the backcountry. Horseback riding is allowed in some of the larger parks by permit only.

The following list does not include all 52 Southwest National Parks that are found in the four corners states. However, the majority of parks in Arizona and New Mexico are listed.
ParkLocationDistanceDescriptionDetail Information
Capulin Volcano National MonumentNM, CapulinLink to Capulin Volcano National Park
Chiricahua National MonumentAZ, WillcoxLink to Chiricahua National Monument
Coronado National MemorialAZ, Hereford
El Malpais National MonumentNM, GrantsLink to El Maplais
Fort Bowie National Historic SiteAZ, BowieLink to Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Fort Union National MonumentNM, WatrousLink to Fort Union National Monumnet
Grand Canyon National ParkAZ, Grand CanyonLink to Grand Canyon
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic SiteAZ, GanadoLink to Hubbell Trading Post
Navajo National MonumentAZ, TonaleaLink to Navajo National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National MonumentAZ, AjoLink to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monumnet
Pecos National Historic ParkNM, PecosLink to Pecos National Historic Park
Petroglyph National MonumentNM, AlbuquerqueLink to Petroglyph National Monumnet
Pipe Spring National MonumentAZ, FredoniaLink to Pipe Spring National Monumnet
Rainbow Bridge National MonumentAZ, PageLink to Rainbow Bridge
Saguaro National ParkAZ, TucsonLink to Saguaro National Park
Salinas Pueblo Missions National MonumentAZ, MountainairLink to Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monumnet
Tonto National MonumentAZ, RooseveltLink to Tonto National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano National MonumentAZ, FlagstaffLink to Sunset Crator Volcano National Monumnet
Tumacacori National Historic ParkAZ, TumacacoriLink to Tumacacori National Historic Park
White Sands National MonumentNM, Holloman AFBLink to White Sands National Monumnet
Petrified ForestAZ, Petrified Forest15 MilesPuerco Pueblo and Agate House are two of over 500 archaeological sites scattered throughout the petrified forest that offer visitors glimpses of earlier life.Link to Petrified Forest
El Morro National MonumentNM, Ramah92 MilesEl Morro Ruins, situated on top of the Great Rock, is a five hundred room village buit around 1200A.D. An original small village was dismantled and it's stones were used to build a pre-planned town around 1275 A.D.
Canyon de ChellyAZ, Chinle136 MilesCanyon de Chelly contains 2500 archeological sites which range from 1500 B.C to 1350 A.D and therefore considered one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Northern America. Among the sites are several villages built between 350 A.D. and 1300 A.D. The area was sporadically occupied until the early 1700's when modern day Navajo began settling in the canyon. Canyon de Chelly sits in the middle of the Navajo Reservation and is the home of many modern day Navajo who utilize canyon resources.
Wupatki National MonumentAZ, Flagstaff138 MilesNearly 2700 archaeolocial sites comprise the Wupatki Ruins with the vast majority being Sinagua and Anasazi structures. There are several structures located at Wupatki, the largest being Wupatki with 100 rooms and the second largest Citadel with 50 rooms built around a central plaza. There are also smaller pueblos, pit houses, reservoirs, petroglyphs and a masonry ball court.
Walnut Canyon National MonumentAZ, Flagstaff138 MilesOver 240 Sinagua Indian sites are within Walnut Canyon National Monument. The sites are composed of pit house villages built between 500 A.D. and 800 A.D., several multi-room cliff dwwellings and single-room field houses built around 1125 A.D. - 1250 A.D.
Montezuma Castle National MonumentAZ, Camp Verde194 MilesSituated in the recess of a cliff Montezuma Castle is a prehistoric Sinagua Indian site built around 1100 A.D. Montezuma Castle is a five-story pueblo with 20 rooms similar in style to Anasazi dwellings. Castle A is located nearby at the base of the cliff and is a 45-room pueblo. Montezuma Well, a large limestone sink used as a soure of water, is located just north of the pueblos.
Casa Grande Ruins MonumentAZ, Coolidge194 MilesCasa Grande Ruins, encompassing 60 prehistoric sites, became the first archeological preserve in the United States. Built by the Hohokam Indians between 1150 A.D. - 1350 A.D., the four story building and outlying structures were abandoned by 1450 A.D.
Gila clif Dwellings National MonumentNM, Silver City205 MilesGila Cliff Dwellings are a prehistoric site of the Mogollon Culture, constructed in 1200 A.D. The site contains 42 rooms located within five natural caves in the Gila River canyon.
Tuzigoot National MonumentAZ, Clarkdale209 MilesTuzigoot, constructed between 1125 A.D. and 1400 A.D., is a prehistoric Sinagua Indian pueblo. Located on the summit of a steep hill overlooking the Verde River, one of the few permanent streams in Arizona. The pueblo contains 86 ground floor rooms, some with two-stories that were entered through roof openings with ladders.
Chaco CanyonNM, Nageezi214 MilesChaco Canyon contains multi-storied Anasazi structures built on the mesas top and canyon floor beginning in 900 A.D. The largest concentration of structures is Pueblo Bonio which rose 4 stories, contained 600 rooms and 40 kivas in a 'D'-shaped layout. Chaco Canyon contains over 4,000 archeological sites associated with Paleo-Indian, Anasazi and Navajo occupation.
Aztec Ruins National MonumentNM, Aztec230 MilesAztec Ruins is a prehistoric Anasazi structure, that was occupied for over 200 years. The largest structure is the West Ruin with a 'D'-shaped great house constructed early in 1100 A.D. The West ruin also has a Great Kiva that was rebuilt in 1934. The site was abandoned by 1300 A.D.
Hovenweep National MonumentCO, Cortez239 MilesHovenweep consists of six groups of prehistoric ruins dating back to 400A.D. - 1300 A.D. The ruins include stone masonry pueblos, cliff dwellings and remnants of scattered ruins throughout the site. Particularily outstanding are the square, circular, oval and D-shaped towers. It is estimated the ruins were abandoned around 1300 A.D.
Mesa Verde National ParkCO, Mesa Verde249 MilesMesa Verde National Park is a representative view of the Anasazi culture through spectacular ancient ruin sites. Cliff dwellings, pueblo villages and well-preserved pit-houses dating to 600 A.D. - 1300 A.D. echo a highly developed civilization that for mysterious reasons aburptly ended. Ruins at Mesa Verde are some of the most spectacular ruins located in the United States.
Bandelier Castle National MonumentNM, Los Almos328 MilesHundreds of masonry ruins and cave shelters can be found in the canyons and mesas throughot Bandelier. Paleo-Indian and Archaic hunter-gatherers wandered the area prior to the Basketmaker Anasazi inhabited the area.Link to Bandelier Castle National Monument


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