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
We visited this park after spending the night with some dear friends of ours that we have known for a number of years, Tim and Joy. We went out for dinner and came back to the house and had a nice visit. We tried to get caught up with what’s going on in each other’s family, but not enough time. Tim made us a nice breakfast and we talked a little more. I did give Joy a ride on the trike before heading out. Thank you Tim and Joy.
Homolovi is located outside of Winslow, AZ. I clipped and pasted a little information I got off their website. There is not much here to see. The ruins are a little bit of a drive to the mesa where the ruins are. When we got there it just so happened that there was cattle roundup going on. We got to watch for a little bit and Minnie was able to take some pictures. So we had an extra attraction on our visit. One of the pictures caught the San Francisco Peaks in the background. You can see the snow on the peaks and yes it was a little chilly in the mornings but nice in the afternoon. In one of the pictures you can see a warning about rattle snakes. Good thing we got our riding boots on. We did not drive thru Winslow, AZ on our way to the state park, we were on the interstate, but we did on our way down to Payson , AZ. No we did not stop to have our picture taken standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ. Wish we had but we were pressed for time to get to Tonto Natural Bridge, because we knew what time they closed.