“Look at the ruins while there”
The Homolavi Ruins State Park is just north east of the city of Winslow. In the 13th and 14th century, the Hopi Indians considered Homolavi part of their homeland. Over the centuries, scavenging and the introduction of new people including the Navajo and Europeans looking to profit from the remains of artifacts at Homolavi prompted the U.S. Government along with the Hopi indians to set up Homolavi State Park, which opened in 1993. Now the site is an area to research the Hopi migration to the area and several trails lead throughout the area for vistors to inspect the ruins.
I really enjoyed staying overnight here. For me, being part of the open range seemed to spark the imagination of "yester-years". The park has two areas of Hopi Indian ruins to see. There are some walking trails perhaps a bit too soft sandy for trail bikes but they are allowed if you want. There is a park office where staff was very informative and helpful. Don't expect a lot of amenities other than electric, water, a clean campground with clean showers and restrooms. My wife would have preferred more of a traditional RV Park. I felt this was a worthwhile stop, especially if you enjoy learning or expanding Indian history.
Loved my stay here! Was a very peaceful, restful stop! It was not over crowded and the rangers were very friendly. I could not get the shower to lock, but I felt safe, which was important being a female traveling alone. Pet friendly and loved the open range. Made for great sunsets and awesome view of the stars!
Price was $7.00 per carload, but included in the camping fee if you stay at the park. Two ruins, each had over 1,000 rooms. Sounds incredible, because it is. I have never, ever seen so much pottery just laying around. Not much is left of the house, but plenty of pottery. Check their website for a great MP3 audio self tour for the Homolovi II site. Rangers were incredibly nice.
Entrance to the state park is included in the campground fee, so we found it very inexpensive to stay here. Sites had water and electricity or nothing. Rangers and camp host were very nice and helpful. Bathrooms appeared very nice. Not any other amenities in campground.
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Homolovi Ruins State Park
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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