Experience the physical beauty and ancient history of the Hopi land with Hopi guide Anna Silas, Executive Director of the Hopi Museum. Her expertise will provide you with information about the land, as well as about the Hopi’s history here and relationship with these beautiful places.
Dates are Saturday October 27, Saturday Nov 17 or Saturday Dec 1.
Each tour is limited to 12 and starts at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa at 8 AM to see all these sites in one long day. Participants must provide their own vehicle for the tour. Best is an AWD/4WD vehicle to get up a steep sandy incline. Carpooling is encouraged. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch.
The tour includes:
Blue Canyon: On Hopi land at the edge of the Painted Desert, this beautiful canyon features soft, multicolored sedimentary rocks that have been eroded over the millennia to reveal stripes of color. The deep, rust-red rocks with bright white markings, and white rocks with red markings. are so straight that they appear man-made. But these unique patterns are all the handiwork of Mother Nature.
Taawaki Dawa Park Petroglyphs: An ancient Hopi petroglyph site, this is an imposing, 200-foot high rock ridge with thousands of petroglyphs dating from 200 BCE to AD 1300, with likely pre-Columbian dwellings on top. An easy hike.
Coal Mine Canyon:Located in the high desert just east of Tuba City sits Coal Mine Canyon, a stunning find of colorful, jagged-looking hoodoos and cliffs that appear to jut from the canyon floor. The English name refers to a brief mining history in the canyon, when American settlers attempted to mine coal in the late 1800s. This will be a steep hike into the canyon.
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