A Hike at the Homolovi State Park

Wednesday June 17th 2020

The wind wasn’t quite as dominant a force today. At times it was very strong, but at other times it was almost calm. The temperature reached the low nineties under a clear blue sky.

This state park preserves the remnants of four villages of the ancestors of the Hopi people. The small farming communities in the Little Colorado River flood plan were occupied from around 1260 to 1400AD. Unfortunately they been vandalized a lot over the years.

Today’s big activity was a hike to the first village known as Homolovi I. It is located along the Little Colorado River about a mile and a half from my campsite. I hiked down along the access road. There isn’t a trail from the campground. Most of the wildflower blossoms along the road are gone now, but I found a few colorful bushes to take pictures.

I didn’t find the remains of the village very interesting. The existence of the village site is interesting. Thinking about what life might have been like for the residents of the village is interesting. I just found the piles of rocks that represent the ruins to be uninteresting. It takes a lot of imagination to connect the rock piles and occasional piece of a structure with an actual village. Picture taking at the village site was not allowed out of respect for the Hopi peoples heritage.

The Little Colorado River is not much of a river at this time of year. It is wide depressed area of the desert like many of the rivers in this area. On the plus side, there is actual water in the Little Colorado River. It is in small muddy narrow channels. Near the ruins there is actually a sign warning about Quick Sand. Monsoon season began last Monday, so there is likely to be more water flowing in the river sometime this summer.

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