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“Good learning opportunity, not for everyone”

Tusayan Ruins and Museum
Reviewed 8 December 2013

One of the things I love most about the southwest I are the ruins. There's this set near the south rim and one near the north rim. Both ruins at GC are just the footprint, if you will, of the structures that once stood here. You'd have to use you imagination to really 'picture' it. Here at the south rim there's a visitors center that gives a good overview of pre-Columbian cultures in the area with some artifacts. It's a nice, flat wall through the trees and a chance to escape the crowds, and learn something new.

Thank TravelinSuz
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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

We stopped here to learn a bit about native culture. This wet our appetite to learn more. It is worth a stop if you are going in this direction but it is a small museum and small ruin and I think would be a disappointment if this was a sole reason for your trip to the east end if the park.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

This small museum and ruin site is on the way to desert view. If you are going to desert view (and you should be) and have 10 to 15 minutes, stop in and read some interesting history on the native American settlements in the region. The ruins are just outlines of rocks that were the base of living quarters. Not a lot to see but it only takes about 10 minutes to walk the entire trail. The small museum has several interesting exhibits and gives you some great information about the original residents of the grand canyon area. I enjoyed reading the details. It only takes about 20 minutes to read everything in the museum. There is a small gift shop and a helpful sales person. If you collect the national parks service passport stamps, this is the location for one of the many specific to the grand canyon national park. There are pit toilets but little else as for as comfort facilities.

2  Thank Tennessee50plus
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

How could it possibly be that all those overlooks into the Grand Canyon on the East Rim Trail could get repetitive, and make you yearn for something different to see? If that happens, then this stop at some pueblo ruins on the south side of the road (both excavated and unexcavated for research by future archaeologists), with an accompanying small museum, might be just the antidote. My wife and I heard an interesting ranger talk here that focused on the cultures that were living in this area even long before the 12th century, when the pueblos here were constructed. It's definitely worth a stop and some space on the memory card of your digital camera.

2  Thank AnnArborMiBob
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

The Grand Canyon is massive, gigantic, superlative in every way. It's enormity can made it hard, however, to appreciate the people who lived near it hundreds of years ago. The Tusayan Ruins & Museum is an excellent place to get that perspective - and to look at something other than views over the rim.

The ruins are the foundations and outlines of the living and storage building used by the Pueblo Indians about 800 years ago. You can walk around the ruins in a few minutes - it is a short, easy walk - and read basic information posted on the signs. There is a small museum on site - we were there very early before it opened. There are restrooms available on site as well. Take thirty minutes to stop by the ruins - it is worth it!

2  Thank Gearoid9
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