Tours begin at the Sipaulovi Visitor Center where visitors view an exceptionally informative DVD that provides an introduction to the Village, its history, culture, and lifestyles of the people over the span of more than 300 years. The oral history of the people has been passed down from generation to generation through story telling and clan rituals. During the one hour Walking Tour you will learn how this community, which sits atop Second Mesa in one of the most arid regions of the American southwest, gained its name – Sipaulovi which means “Place of the Mosquito”. The logo of the Visitor Center represents the Sun Forehead Clan, one of the original peoples who migrated from the ancient dwellings of Homolovi (now a state park approximately 60 miles south of the Hopi mesas where artifacts of the earliest people in the region are preserved). Today, there are six clans represented in the Village.
The Walking Tour courses through a living village where the clan homes are handed down through matrilineal clan lineage. The heart of Sipaulovi, like all Hopi villages, is the central plaza - a communal meeting place and location for ceremonies. This is a place where families, friends and clan relations return for ceremonial gatherings throughout the year. You will see three of the original houses constructed using the traditional methods and building materials. At 6000 feet high you can see 100 miles in all directions.
There are silversmiths, painters, Kachina doll carvers, and basket weavers living in Sipaulovi. Some artists welcome visitors into their homes and other artists have their work displayed and available for purchase outside their homes.
There is a $15 per person charge for the Walking Tour. For information contact the Sipaulovi Visitor Center:
Sipaulovi Hopi Village Tours
Sipaulovi Development Corporation
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village tours are restricted during certain ceremonies
From the TUUVI Center go south on Highway 264, starting at milepost 1 drive until you reach Highway 264, milepost 379. At milepost 379.03 you will come to the Hopi Cultural Center on the left. Go past the Hopi Cultural Center and turn left at the second stop sign (approximately milepost 379.04) Go south on paved road 3.0 miles into Sipaulovi Village. Sipaulovi Visitor Center is located in a building in the center of the village.
Distance from Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites: 49 miles