October 10, 11, 17, 25, 26, and Nov. 7: Rare Homolovi IV Site Tour
Come join Ranger Chad for a tour of Homolovi IV, one of the park’s archaeological sites that is not usually open to the public. The pueblo consisted of approximately 150 masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west side of the Little Colorado River. It was occupied for a short time in the late 1200s, but the site also includes petroglyphs from a much earlier time. The site was excavated in 1989 by the Homolovi Research Program. Tours are limited to 15 people. The tour will leave from the Homolovi Visitor Center at 10 am. Visitors will follow the ranger in their own vehicle to the Homolovi IV Site about 12 miles from the Visitor Center. Good hiking boots are recommended, along with a jacket, and water. Call the park at (928) 289-4106 to reserve this tour! There is a $7 day use fee per car with up to 4 adults. Download Event Flier ( 4 MB PDF)
Homolovi Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!
Reserve your spot (campground RV or tent site) from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.
PARK ACCESS UPDATE: Road work on I-40
State Route 87 Northbound to the park will remain open and I-40 westbound guests wanting to access the park will have to travel to Transcon Lane Exit 255 then double back on Historic Route 66. To travel east guests will have to go to the Transcon Lane to access the east bound I-40.
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About the Park: Ancestral Hopi Villages
In the high grassland of 14th century northern Arizona, an ancient people found a home along the Little Colorado River. These people, the Hisat'sinom (known to archaeologists as the Anasazi), paused in their migrations to till the rich flood plain and sandy slopes before continuing north to join people already living on the mesas, people who are today known as the Hopi.
The Hopi people of today still consider Homolovi, as well as other precolumbian sites in the southwest, to be part of their homeland. They continue to make pilgrimages to these sites, renewing the ties of the people with the land. The Hopi tell us that the broken pottery and stones are now part of the land and are the trail the Bahana will follow when he returns. Therefore, these are mute reminders that the Hopi continue to follow the true Hopi way and the instructions of Masau'u.
The years have brought many changes to Homolovi. The migrations ended when the people settled at the center of the world, the Hopi Mesas north of Homolovi. However, as new people appeared, such as the Diné (Navajo) and later the Europeans, the Hopi watched as their homeland was occupied by the new people. Eventually they also saw these people begin destroying their ancient homes, digging in these sacred sites for curios and for items to sell.
In an effort to protect some of these sites, the Hopi people supported the idea of Homolovi State Park. This idea resulted in the establishment of the park in 1986 and the opening of the park in 1993.
Homolovi State Park now serves as a center of research for the late migration period of the Hopi from the 1200s to the late 1300s. While archaeologists study the sites and confer with the Hopi to unravel the history of Homolovi, Arizona State Parks provides the opportunity for visitors to visit the sites and use park facilities including a visitor center and museum, various trails and a campground. Several covered picnic tables are located throughout the park. Pullouts provide the opportunity to observe wildlife in this park of over 4,000 acres at an elevation of 4,900 feet.
“Homolovi” is Hopi for “Place of the Little Hills” — the traditional name for Winslow, Arizona.
Although the park protects Hopi lands and cultural artifacts, the park also contains a small cemetery from a group of 19th century settlers who founded the city of Sunset. Sunset Cemetery stands as a mute testimony to the undaunted spirit of the brave pioneers who forged a living from this once desolate and forbidding land. Learn more about the cemetery in the Feature Story.
Download Audio Walking Tour of Homolovi II Site
You can listen online or download to your personal MP3 player ( 35 MB MP3) a tour of the Homolovi II Site. This fascinating audio tour is a great introduction to the park, and a great way to learn more about the area and its history. To Download the MP3: Windows Users: Right Click Download Link. Mac Users: Control+Click Download Link. You may also read instructions to manually import MP3s into iTunes or other software compatible with various digital audio devices. This Audio Walking Tour was made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.
Did You Know?
This is a sacred place to the Hopi people. Each broken piece of pottery, each stone fragment, each ancient wall, and each figure pecked into stone by their ancestors is sacred and deserves our respect. In addition, state and federal laws are actively enforced to protect these sites.
Removal or damage of any site, artifact, artifact fragment, or rock art can incur penalties under state law of 5 years in prison and a maximum $150,000 fine. We therefore ask that you respect the wishes of the Hopi people ... Enjoy Homolovi, but leave the sites as you find them.
A total of 633 hours of volunteer on-site work by The Arizona Archaeological Society was carried out on the weekends of May 6-8 & 13-15, Sept. 14-18, 2011, repairing and stabilizing exposed walls at Homolovi I & II. The preservation of these walls play an important role in interpreting these Ancestral Hopi Villages to visitors. Dr. Charles Adams, Arizona State Museum, directed the project and park staff provided assistance with water for the "mud" mortar and hauled a lot of soil for the mix. The park also provided campsites and trailer accommodations for participants.
Photo Wrap-Up Gallery: Park Re-Opening Celebration!
Over 570 people attended the Park Re-Opening Celebration on March 18, 2011, and hundreds more came on Saturday! See photos from the re-opening event!
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