The Hopi Tribe is made up of several villages that rest at the base and tops of three mesas. The Hopi people are internationally known for their artistry and each mesa village specializes in a different discipline.
The First Mesa encompasses four villages at the top and base of the mesa and is known for pottery making. Walpi was the first settled village on the mesa and is widely regarded as the most beautiful, as it is terraced into a narrow rock table and at 6,000 feet provides expansive views. The old two-story houses built of local materials are interesting examples of ancient architecture. The Second Mesa hosts three villages known for coiled basketry while the Third Mesa is known for wicker basketry. Talented weavers, Katsina doll carvers, and silversmiths can also be found at each mesa.
Visits to the First Mesa require guided tours. First Mesa Tours provides the best way to experience the Hopi villages with guides certified by the Hopi Tribe. These guides are exceptionally knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the Hopi.
The Hopi Cultural Center is located on the Second Mesa, and includes a small gallery and an inn.
Several hiking trails wind through the pueblo ruins of Homolovi Ruins State Park, some of which even include petroglyphs. The 4000-acre park consists of 300 archaeological sites, including four major 14th-century pueblos.
In addition to the expansive scenery and talented artisans, visitors are welcome to attend and observe certain traditional ceremonies that incorporate social and katsina dances performed as they have been for centuries.
The Second Mesa has the Hopi Cultural Center Inn & Restaurant, which has spacious guest rooms and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Located next to Tuba City, the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites serves as the welcoming entrance to the land of the Hopi.
The Hopi reservation is in north central Arizona and is approximately 92 miles northeast of Flagstaff, just outside of Tuba City.
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