WINSLOW’S TREASURED PAST: Homol’ovi and Rock Art Ranch
This is a carpool event, scheduled over two days and one night, limited to 18 individuals. A Wait List will be available.
The trip fee includes entrance fees to the State Park and Rock Art Ranch.
Day 1 Friday 25 October
We will meet in front of the Homol’ovi State Park Visitor’s Center at 9:00 AM. It is located 1.5 miles north of I-40 Exit 257 on Highway 87. Follow the signs as you enter the park area. There is a large parking lot in front of the Visitor’s Center. Bring a lunch and snacks along with fluids, good shoes, hat, sunscreen, walking stick and anything needed to maintain your safety.
Homol’ovi: We will have a unique, guided visit to this extensive Ancestral Puebloan Hopi site, along the rich flood plain and sandy slopes of the Little Colorado River.
The site consists of four village areas, dating from around 620 to 1400, with the main site, Homolovi 2, occupied from about 1230 until about 1400. Only two sites have been open to the public, Homolovi 1 and 2. Ranger Ken Evans will guide us through both of these sites in the morning. The largest of these, Homol’ovi 2, had around 1,200 to 1,700 rooms.
After a break for lunch, we will have a special opportunity to see a third village on the site, Homol’ovi 4, the earliest site. This is normally closed to the public. The Park Manager, Chad Meunier will give us a special tour through this area of around 200 rooms, which also features petroglyphs.
This village is on a conical butte with a flat top, so a walk up is necessary. There is about a 200 foot moderate ascent on uneven loose fill, so bring good shoes, hat, sunscreen, walking stick and whatever you need for your safety.
Homol’ovi is still considered part of the homeland of the Hopi, who lived here during their migration to their current settlement at the center of the world on the mesas about 70 miles north. They still return here for spiritual purposes.
After our day concludes, we have the option to meet for cocktails and/or dinner at the famed Turquoise Room in the La Posada Hotel nearby.
Day 2 Saturday 26 October
We will meet in the lobby of the La Posada Hotel in Winslow at 9:00 AM. It is located at 303 E. 2nd Street in Winslow. We will carpool/caravan @23 miles to the Rock Art Ranch for our 10 AM tour. Again, bring a lunch/snacks, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and whatever you need to keep you safe. There is a steep staircase down the canyon side to the petroglyphs, but there is a handrail assist.
Rock Art Ranch: Between Winslow and Holbrook lies a remote working cattle ranch of about 5,000 acres. Shortly after his parents purchased the property in 1945, a young Brantley Baird, now in his 80’s, began discovering the treasures that this ranch contained. These discoveries inspired Brantley to preserve the dwellings, artifacts and petroglyphs his land revealed, and to share them with both scientists and the public.
Chevelon Creek has cut a canyon through the area, with an access point on Baird’s ranch. In this canyon, etched into the desert varnish of the rocks, are found a dense concentration of petroglyphs dating from 5000 BC to 1400 AD. There are at least 3,000 of the best preserved and most extensive collections of petroglyphs in the area.
This extraordinary visual record was likely left by the Puebloan, Mogollon and Sinaguan peoples who converged in this year-round canyon creek. The area is still considered to be an active sacred site.
Brantley has been giving tours here for 19 years in an effort to impart the uniqueness of the place and the rich history it contains. The area also features an excavated Ancestral Puebloan residence, historic Navajo sweat lodge and hogans, a stone map, and a museum with Western ranching memorabilia, ancient pottery and other artifacts found locally. He generously allows the visitors to spend time alone with the petroglyphs.
We strongly suggest staying in a local motel Friday night. Here are our recommendations:
La Posada Hotel in Winslow: http://laposada.org/
Best Western Plus Winslow Inn: https://bestwesternpluswinslowinn.com/
NO CANCELLATION REFUNDS due to our deposit requirements. If you have to cancel a refund will only be granted if you are replaced with someone on the Wait List.