The Chiricahua Desert Museum is nestled between the Chiricahua Mountains and Peloncillo Mountains in southeast Arizona, an area historically famous for being the last stand of the Chiricahua Apache Indians and Geronimo, who surrendered near Skeleton Canyon just fifteen miles south of the Museum. Several Native American sites are within view of the Museum. Here, cave paintings, pottery sherds and grinding holes are commonly seen.   In the artifact collection of the Museum are examples from the Mimbres, Casas Grande and Apache tribes from the Chiricahua and Peloncillo Mountains,  including many of the tools---

matates, axes, arrow heads,

arrows, bows, sandals,

and pottery--- that

were used in the daily

lives of the indigenous 

Native American tribes.