|Park sign (Julianne G. Crane)|
As enticing as that downtown corner is, our destination was a couple miles north of Winslow and I-40 -- Arizona's Homolovi Ruins State Park.
“Homolovi” is Hopi for “Place of the Little Hills” — the traditional name for Winslow, Arizona.
|Pottery at Homolovi State Park museum.|
The park serves as a center of research for "the late migration period of the Hopi from the 1200s to the late 1300s. While archaeologists study the sites and confer with the Hopi to unravel the history of Homolovi, Arizona State Parks provides the opportunity for visitors to visit the sites and use park facilities" including a visitor center and museum, a number of hiking trails and an RV-tent campground. Pullouts along a road through the park provide the opportunity to observe wildlife in this park of more than 4,000 acres at an elevation of 4,900 feet.
|Homolovi State Park Campsite (Julianne G. Crane)|
Location: North of I-40, Exit 247 (north of Winslow, between Flagstaff, Ariz., and the New Mexico border.
The Homolovi Visitor Center includes exhibits and gift shop. Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Our site was $20* for a 30 amp back-in site. (Remember the elevation is almost 5,000 feet and it does get cold overnight at least six months out of the year.)
Showers and restrooms are available throughout the year.
Reservations: Make online by clicking here.
You can also call the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283 seven days a week, from 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. MST. * There is an additional $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site. (We were drop-ins and only paid the camping fee.)
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