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10 Interesting Facts About Homolovi State Park Arizona

#1 In Hopi, “Homolovi” means “Place of the Little Hills.”

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Flickr User Starkrusher

This is the traditional name for Winslow, Arizona.

#2. Ancient people have lived here since the 14th century!

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Flickr User John Hangstrom

People known as the “Hisat’sinom” or “Anasazi,” moved along the Little Colorado River and eventually joined the Hopi people on the mesas.

#3 The Hopi people still consider the park part of their homeland.

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Flickr User John Hagstrom

They make pilgrimages there to renew their ties with the land.

#4 There are many artifacts of ancient civilizations to be found in the park.

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Flickr User John Hagstrom

Archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of stone shelters and bits of pottery that help us learn about ancient civilizations.

#5 The Hopis people believe that these artifacts are now a part of the land.

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Flickr User Starkrusher

They use them as reminders to follow the true Hopi way and the instructions of Masau’u.

#6 The Hopi people supported the creation of Homolovi State Park.

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Flickr User John Hagstrom

It was established in 188 and opened in 1993.

#7 The establishment of the park was an effort to help protect the sacred Hopi sites.

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Flickr User John Simm

Unfortunately, as more settlers came to the mesas, they exploited the ruins, digging them up and selling anything they could find.

#8 Today, the park covers over 4, 000 acres.

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Flickr User John Simm

Visitors can enjoy the archaeological sites as well as a museum, a visitors center, trails, and a campground.

#9 The park is also the home of Sunset Cemetery.

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Flickr User John Simm

Brave 19th century settlers who settled the city of Sunset are buried here.

#10 You could spend 5 years in prison or pay $150,000 if you take artifacts or deface the site.

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Flickr User Kenneth A. Wilson

State and Federal laws are used to protect these sites and ensure respect for the wishes of the Hopi people and their sacred place.

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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