Short Stop Off the Mother Road

This was another stop we had planned pre-pandemic. We booked three nights at Homolovi State Park about two miles outside Winslow, Arizona.

The first night’s sunset was spectacular

The park was home to at least eight ancient Hopi communities who occupied the area from AD. 1250-1400 along the Little Colorado River. At their peak the area supported up to 2500 people. The area is part of the Sonoran Desert grassland. The people made their living through agriculture with cotton being an important crop.

It’s hard to imagine farming in this landscape

The park has the ruins of two Pueblos that visitors can explore.

The park is located on Hopi land and was established in 1986 in a effort to stop the vandalism that was destroying the ruins. Amateur and professional pot hunters seriously comprised these sites.

Thousands of potsherds litter the ground

In addition to exploring the ruins the park has trails that allow you to wander the desert.

The temperatures where mild and not an issue while hiking. However, the Ranger advised us to stay alert as rattlesnakes were on the move.

Snakes weren’t the only thing we had to watch out for

Twelve miles north of Homolovi is the Little Painted Desert county park.

Winslow is a short drive from the park. On our last day we drove in to see what it had to offer.

This town works the Route 66 connection
Yes we did!

We’ll be moving around Arizona for the remainder of the year. In the morning we’re off to explore Cottonwood, Jerome and Sedona.

13 thoughts on “Short Stop Off the Mother Road”

  1. Back in the early 70’s I got a speeding ticket in Winslow which I never paid. Back then the Interstate ended going into Winslow, so the speeding limit went from 70 to 30 in a couple of hundred feet and sure enough the Winslow police were right there.

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  2. Nice.
    Needed to add a photo titled
    “Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona.” An Eagles reference for you jazz fans. 🙂

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  3. I love Native American history. There is plenty of it in Arizona. One of my favorite “sacred” places is Canyon deChelly on the Navajo Rez.

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  4. Gorgeous photos, once again. All that sunshine! I have been hearing about Homolovi State Park lately. I just might have to put it on the list. Next time!

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  5. You are both doing things the way they should be done. Thank you for sharing and continue to enjoy the magnificence of our country.

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  6. Your reference to the Little Colorado river is timely. I was fortunate enough to be part of a Upper Grand Canyon rafting trip last month. We ran into the Little Colorado River on day 5 and the water was bright turquoise from the calcium carbonate – absolutely magical. The guides told us that the Little Colorado is a sacred place for the Zuni’s and Hopi’s – they’re souls return to that spot….

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