Homolovi Ruins State Park

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Homolovi, one of a series of many ancient Hopi pueblos found in the Southwest, offers visitors the opportunity to journey into Hopi life and culture. Homolovi was a stop for the ancestral Hopi people along their migration route, eventually moving on and settling at one of the current Hopi villages. The park seems to have been continuously occupied by the Anasazi from 6000 BC. These early natives were hunter/gatherers and moved around the area following game and seasonal grasses, huts and berries. Eventually, the people became farmers, cultivating corn, beans, cotton and squash.
By 500 AD, as the Anasazi became more sedentary, they began developing more permanent, semi-underground dwellings and began making pottery. After 700 AD, the Anasazi began constructing their pueblo dwellings There are four pueblo ruins located within Homolovi Ruin State Park. They were first occupied between 1250 and 1300 AD. Homolovi III and Homolovi IV were abandoned about 1300-1350 AD. Homolovi I and Homolovi II continued to be occupied until 1400-1500 AD.
Storm at Homolovi
In addition, the Homolovi II Site Tour is now a part of the park as well. A part of the Journey Stories Smithsonian Exhibition in partnership with the Old Trails Museum on Main Street, the exhibit shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made us grow. The accounts of travelers themselves express the hopes and promises of fresh starts, the grim realities of forced migrations and difficult journeys, and the thrills of personal travel. Exhibit made possible by a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the Arizona Humanities Council.

Located 5 miles northeast of Winslow, Arizona, the vegetation of Homolovi is quite different than most other Arizona State Parks. It is high desert grassland with few trees, so visitors can expect plentiful amounts of snakeweed, saltbrush, prickly pear, yucca and sage, to name just a few species of plants. The most common critter in the park is the black-tailed prairie dog, which can live in huge colonies that cover up to 100 acres. Elk, mountain lions, cottontail rabbits, burrowing owls and porcupine make up the other residents of the park.

Park amenities include a visitor’s center and museum, great hiking, covered picnic tables, camping and tours of the ancient Hopi Pueblos. The Homolovi Visitor Center includes exhibits explaining the archaeology of the ancient people of Homolovi. When residents of the area left, they traveled north and joined the people living on the Hopi Mesas, becoming ancestors of the Hopi people of today.

The Visitor’s Center showcases the art of the Hopi people, which reflects their heritage. The works of various artists, including Hopi children, are constantly rotated through this ever-changing exhibit. In addition, the park maintains a collection of returned artifacts from within the Winslow area. These include prehistoric pottery wares, stone and bone tools. There is also historical art works by Fannie Nampeyo, Charles Loloma, Paqua Naha (First Frog Woman) and Helen (Feather Woman) Naha from the late 1880s to the late 1960s.

Other attractions in the area include:
Meteor Crater
Petrified Forest National Park
Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Homolovi Ruins State Park
HCR 63, Box 5
Winslow, AZ 86047
Phone: 928- 289-4106

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