Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 In Hopi, “Homolovi” means “Place of the Little Hills.”
This is the traditional name for Winslow, Arizona.
#2. Ancient people have lived here since the 14th century!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State and Federal laws are used to protect these sites and ensure respect for the wishes of the Hopi people and their sacred place.