Homolovi State Park, Photo: Teofilo, Flickr

Homolovi State Park

Located a mile north of Winslow lies Homolovi State Park, “Ancestral Hopi Villages.” The park preserves over 300 archeological pueblo sites, mainly built by the ancestors of the Hopi tribe. Located along the banks of the Little Colorado River, the villages housed these ancestors from approximately 1260 to 1400 A.D.

Originally opened as a state park in 1986, Homolovi offers a variety of historical exhibits, activities such as bird watching and hiking, and campgrounds open year round. The historical exhibits display original artifacts from the villages, and they offer an introduction to human history of the park.

The park now acts as the research center for the late migration period of the Hopi people, but the area is still available to visitors. Complete with hiking trails, covered picnic tables and the campground, the 4,000 acres of park provides much space for observing the natural wildlife.

Homolovi, the Hopi word meaning “place of little hills,” combines culture and history with natural adventure, attracting visitors from all over the state. Its visitor center is well-equipped with additional information about the pueblo ruins, along with Hopi artwork for customer purchase.

Only a three-hour drive from Phoenix, the park is a great place for day and weekend trips throughout the year. For driving directions from any city in the U.S, visit the Driving Directions to Homolovi webpage.

Whether you’re looking for a history lesson or just a beautiful hike, Homolovi State Park won’t disappoint.