Luminaries Will Light Up Besh Ba Gowah Ruins

The 31st annual Festival of Lights, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 1, will showcase 3,000 luminaries lining the ruin walls

The 31st annual Festival of Lights, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5-9 p.m., will showcase 3,000 luminaries lining the ruin walls, welcoming visitors to celebrate the magic of the season. Cultural entertainment will be provided by the Yellow Bird dance group and there will be a small selection of food and craft vendors.
If arriving early, visitors are encouraged to help light all 3,000 candles, which create a beautiful, glowing nighttime scene. Photographers of all levels are welcome. The event is free. 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. in downtown Globe.
Owned and operated by the City of Globe, the Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum is located in the heartland of the Salado people. Here visitors will see the partially restored ancient ruin of the Salado people who occupied the site between A.D. 1225 and A.D 1400.
Guests may enjoy the self-guided tour of the village which allows them to experience the mysteries of those who came before.
The adjacent museum provides a fascinating glimpse at prehistoric pottery, stone and woven artifacts excavated from the site and a video interpreting the lifestyle of the people who occupied this region over two centuries before Columbus discovered the “New World.”
A seasonal ethno-botanical garden provides information about and showcases plants used by the people who made this desert landscape their home. A lower botanical garden trail offers a serene walk through desert plant life.
Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park is located at 1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. in Globe, Ariz. For more information, call 928-425-0320, or check out the Besh Ba Gowah Facebook page.