Homolovi State Park is Open!
Park is Open
Road construction at the park has finished early, so Homolovi SP will is open.
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.
Hopi Pottery Talk (July 19, Sept. 13, Oct. 4)
11 am. (1 pm on July 19) Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain, how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1.5 hrs. Day use fee of $7 required.
Petroglyph Tour (July 19, August 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18)
10 am. Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their own vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Day use-fee required. This Event is held every third Saturday of the month.
August 2: 2014 Suvoyuki Day at Park
"Suvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through at "joint effort." Suvoyuki Days start with an open house day at Homolovi State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction. The event features corn roasting, archaeological information, and artist demonstrations. Hopi Tribal leaders and Arizona State Parks staff have been collaborating for years to create a new model for park management and tourism to traditional Hopi lands which will preserve and protect the sacred culture, while offering special cultural tour opportunities for the public. Read story about 2013 event
Download 2014 Event Program & Schedule ( 508 KB PDF)
- 8:00 am: Opening of the Traditional Hopi Corn-Roasting Pit
- 9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Booths, Cultural Demonstrators, Tours, Dances:
Hopi Pottery by Dee Setalla
Old Style Katsina Carving by Kurt Lomawaima
Baskets-Wicker by Doris Hoyungowa
Silversmith Jewelry by Gerald Lomaventema
Gourd Jewelry by Michael Adams
Drawings by Buddy James
Moccasins by Luther McLean
- 9:00 am: Pithouse Tour with Lisa Young, University of Michigan Archaeologist (weather permitting)
- 10:00 am: Hopi Dance Group Istotimuy (Coyote Boys) — Polacca, AZ — perform Kwaatu (Eagle) dance
- 11:00 am: The Awatovi Expedition 1935–1939 presentation by Hopi speaker Leland Dennis
- 11:00 am Homolovi II Pueblo Tour (weather permitting)
- 12:30 pm: Hopi Agriculture presentation by Hopi speaker Leland Dennis
- 1:00 pm: Homolovi II Pueblo Tour (weather permitting)
- 2:00 pm: Hopi Dance Group Istotimuy (Coyote Boys) — Polacca, AZ — perform Kalataka (Warrior) dance
- 3:00 pm: Event Closes
Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour (Sept. 27, Oct. 5, Oct. 11, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1)
11 am at Park Visitor Center, finished by 1:30 pm. Limited to 15 participants, weather permitting. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. Homolovi IV is the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos. This is a site which is usually closed to the public. A park ranger will lead the tour starting with an introduction at Homolovi State Park’s visitor center. The topic will include discussion of the history of the site and the tie to the Hopi people. Attendees will caravan in their own vehicles the 12 miles to Homolovi IV (last .25 miles is dirt road). The walking distance is approximately .3 miles on uneven ground (easy trail).
September 27: Museum Day Live!
Free Admission with coupon during "Smithsonian Museum Day Live" if you bring along a coupon for the annual Museum Day Live promotion arranged by the Smithsonian Magazine to promote museums across the nation. Obtain your one-day-pass from the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website.
Introductory Park Video
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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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