Festival of Lights

at Besh Ba Gowah, beginning at dusk

Picture taken by Bill Whalen

Do you enjoy luminarias? You’ve probably never seen them quite like this: perched atop the walls of a restored 12th Century Salado Indian pueblo, lighting the trails as you stroll amidst the ancient ruins while Native American flute music echoes nearby. This free event is a highlight of the holiday season in Globe, the historic Arizona mining community about two hours east of Phoenix.

Dec. 18th (a Sunday) visitors walk amid 1,600 flickering luminarias at the Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park. Admission is free to this annual event, which includes cultural performers from the nearby San Carlos Apache reservation. Visitors are invited to warm up around the bonfire at the center of the historic pueblo ruins; hot cider, coffee, tea and cookies will be served as you wander the trails and enjoy the peaceful holiday atmosphere.


Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park is an award-winning historic site owned and operated by the City of Globe. Plan a day-trip to the city of Globe, spend the afternoon seeing the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and see unique works by local artists. There’s also a fine local museum operated by the Gila County Historical Society and located on highway 60 near the Chamber of Commerce, just west of downtown Globe.

Towards sunset, drive over to Besh Ba Gowah. Staff and volunteers begin lighting the 1,600 luminarias at 5 p.m., entertainment begins around 5:30. The park closes at 8:30, and regular $5 adult admission is waived during this event.

Weather permitting, all performances will be in the central plaza lit (and warmed!) by a bonfire. For more information call Besh Ba Gowah at  928.425.0320.