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10 Interesting Facts About Homolovi State Park

Cheyenne Reed

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Homolovi State Park is a culturally rich historical location in Northern Arizona. These facts about Homolovi State Park will make you want to come for a visit.

1) In Hopi, “Homolovi” Means “Place of the Little Hills”

Homolovi State Park.
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Flickr User Starkrusher

This is the traditional name for Winslow, Arizona.

2) Ancient People Lived Here

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Flickr User John Hangstrom

Ancient 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 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) The Park Has Many Artifacts of Ancient Civilizations

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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) Hopis Believe These Artifacts are 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 Supported the Creation of Homolovi State Park

Flickr User John Hagstrom
Flickr User John Hagstrom

Homolovi State Park was established in 188 and opened in 1993.

7) The Park Protects 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) The Park Covers Over 4,000 Acres

Flickr User John Simm
Flickr User John Simm

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

9) It is Also the Home of Sunset Cemetery

Flickr User John Simm
Flickr User John Simm

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

10) 5 Years in Prison $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.

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