The Homolovi State Park, Ancestral Hopi Villages is a 4,500-acre (18 km2) preservation of over 300 Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. It sits at an elevation of 4,900 feet. Homolovi or Homol’ovi (the Hopi spelling of the word) is a Hopi word meaning “place of the little hills”. The park is located just over a mile north of Winslow, Arizona and features historical exhibits, interpretive programs, bird-watching, and hiking. There is a year-round campground, restrooms with showers (closed in winter), and an RV dump station.
The visitor center displays pottery, baskets, and other artifacts, as well as offering an introduction to the human history of the park area. Information can also be found about the flora and fauna of the park, and there are books and authentic Hopi art work for sale.
Out of the seven Homolovi ruins, two are open to visitors. Homolovi II, the largest and most thoroughly excavated site, has a sidewalk and interpretive signs. It was occupied between 1330 and 1400 AD, and has about 1200 rooms. Archaeologists believe that the inhabitants were trading cotton for pottery with the inhabitants of the Hopi Mesas. This ruin also features three large rectangular plazas and about forty kivas (underground ceremonial chambers). There are also several clusters of pit houses, occupied before 1260 AD, which appear as mere depressions in the earth. Petroglyphs may be seen along certain sections of a nearby trail (Tsu’vo).
Distance from Monekopi Legacy Inn & Suites: 130 miles
For more information contact the park:
Homolovi State Park
HCR 63, Box 5
Winslow, AZ 86047