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Distance Lasso-Loop 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,214 feet
Elevation Gain 10 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.8
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Author PaleoRob
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Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Hopi Reservation
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Seasons   Late Summer to Winter
Sun  6:06am - 6:25pm
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Take a hike into another world!
by PaleoRob

Overview: Walpi Village is one of the three Hopi pueblos located on First Mesa, on the Hopi Reservation. It is also fiercely proud of its heritage and allows visitors to tour through the ancient settlement perched on an isolated fin overlooking Polacca Wash.

Warning: Hopi is a very isolated place, with limited services except at Munqapi (Moenkopi), Polacca, and Keam's Canyon. Photography, sketching, and audio recording is strictly forbidden anywhere on the Hopi reservation without express permission from the tribe. In addition, villages (including Walpi) may be closed at any time for ceremonial reasons. January through mid-summer is the time of year when the Katsinam (commonly called Kachinas) are present on Hopi, so the Katsina dances occur during this time, increasing the likelihood of finding the village closed. Please obey and respect all Hopi rules and regulations. Ignore them and risk fines, imprisonment, as well as impacting what other non-Hopis can experience on the Hopi reservation.

History: The history of Walpi can be written two ways - the Hopi perspective or the archaeological perspective. In some cases, the two are in agreement while other times they differ. Indeed it depends on whom you ask in each part. Walpis like to claim a chain of unbroken settlement dating back over 1100 years, to the year 900 AD. Other Hopis will assert that the original Walpis lived at the foot of the mesa and did not move up on to First Mesa until after 1680, when the Pueblo Revolt occurred. In either case, it is certain that settlements near modern-day Walpi date back to the "Anasazi" days of the 10th century, and nearby Orabi can be firmly dated back to at least 1100 AD. The two other villages on First Mesa (Sichomovi and Hano) were built after Walpi was first constructed. Walpis say that Hano was built by a people named the Hano, who then moved away; their village was later reoccupied by Rio Grande Tewa people. Other Hopis will say that Hano was built because the Walpis invited the Tewas to come live on First Mesa and protect them from raiding nomads like the Apache, Navajo, and Ute. Archaeologists trace the Hano population to the Pueblo Revolt, with the Tewas acting as warriors to help defend First Mesa against Spaniards. It is certainly true that the Tewa people who still inhabit keep their Tewa language intact, and remain an isolated population even on First Mesa. David Roberts commented (without citation) that most of the Hopi Tribal Police comes from Hano. Today the First Mesa Consolidated Villages' Tourism Program runs a guided tour to Walpi, which still lacks electrical power or running water. It has been preserved in this state to showcase what Hopi was like before the 20th century (and, Hopis will assert, what it was like dating back all the way to 900 AD).

Hike: The hike starts in the neighboring village of Sichomovi. Locate the Ponsi Hall Visitor's Center (near the parking area and alley to the Sichomovi Plaza). You will arrange for a tour with the guides who are based out of Ponsi. They provide hourly tours from 9 AM to 3 PM. Ponsi Hall is open until 3:30, but the last tour of the day leaves at 3. Each tour takes an hour, and as mentioned above, can be canceled due to village ceremonies. Bad weather can also halt the tour program. There is a cost of $13/person for the tour. The guide will take you from Ponsi hall down towards the stone neck separating Sichomovi from Walpi at the end of the mesa. Your guide will explain the sites that you will see around you in the village, as well as the vast vistas from the mesa top, stretching out towards the looming San Francisco Peaks on the southwestern horizon. Remember that the Hopi people value their religion, so some questions may not be fully answered (if at all) if they relate to Hopi religion. That doesn't mean that people will not talk about Hopi religion, you just need to be prepared to understand that certain things are not for the uninitiated (either Hopi or non-Hopi to know). The guides are usually very knowledgeable (don't forget to tip). Usually the third weekend in September First Mesa hosts a Harvest Festival, with local wares for sale, as well as traditional food. Tours of Walpi Village can usually be had during this festival, and the schedule might be slightly different depending on demand.

Water Sources: Uncertain. Bring your own, but some is occasionally available for sale in bottled form, depending on the time and who is around.

Camping: The only official camping location is next to the Cultural Center on Second Mesa.

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2010-07-21 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Northern Arizona Trek - May 2013
    Sarah’s Grad and Northern Arizona Trek - May 2013

    4 days
    3 nights
    791 miles by truck
    110 miles by boat
    324 digital images
    1 Master’s Degree celebration
    1 Slot Canyon
    1 Natural Bridge
    1 Vintage Mary Colter designed hotel
    1 Mother’s Day

    With my daughter Sarah’s graduation from ASU with a Master’s in Clinical Speech Pathology, my parents made the trek down from Canada to celebrate the achievement. Considering that Mother’s Day would be over the weekend, a road trip was in order :next:

    Friday May 10th
    11am to 3pm Sarah’s grad @ ASU
    3pm drive from Ahwatukee to Flagstaff – 161 miles, 2hrs 26min per Google Maps
    Fairfield Inn Flagstaff, 2005 South Milton Road, Flagstaff, AZ – Confirmation #85054171 & 85054171
    5pm – 9:30pm Lowell Observatory 2nd Friday Science Night, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, Arizona
    ASU Clinical Speech Pathology :next:
    Marriott Fairfield Inn, Flagstaff AZ :next:
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    Beaver Street Brewery :next:

    After Sarah’s graduation ceremony held at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU main campus, friends and family gathered at our Ahwatukee home for some good eats and an opportunity to personally congratulate Sarah. As the day wound down, it was time to head out on a road trip to Northern Arizona to take in some sights my parents only thought they could view through other people’s photographs. First destination – Flagstaff AZ to catch the “2nd Friday Evening Event” at Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill. The evening event was just about to wrap-up when we arrived 9-ish, but we still were able to walk the grounds and see the various telescope installations. Checked into the Marriott Fairfield Inn – rooms were scarce since NAU grad ceremonies were also on this weekend! Had time for a late evening stroll to Beaver Street Brewery – a Flagstaff visit requirement…

    Saturday May 11th
    8am drive from Flagstaff to Page AZ – 192 miles, 3hrs 15min per Google Maps (note Hwy89 closed at Echo Cliffs)
    Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, 100 Lakeshore Drive, Page, AZ 86040 - Confirmation # 80002356H
    Upper and/or Lower Antelope Slot Canyon guided or self-guided hike
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    Hwy 89A Kachina homage :next:
    Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks :next:
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    After our complimentary breakfast at the Flagstaff Marriott Fairfield Inn, we checked out and returned to Lowell Observatory to trek around the grounds in daylight – quite the contrast from the previous evening’s “stumble in the dark”… We met “Big John” performing some of the morning chores around Lowell and he invited us into the Pluto Observatory for a private tour prior to the official visitor opening at 9am. “Big John” was a fount of information giving us the history of the site, including all the construction obstacles and the competitive nature of the academics in the race to discover planets in their predicted mathematical location. Once we’d had our fill of astronomy, we hit the road towards Page AZ. After an obligatory stop at my favorite Kachina site (kicking myself that I failed to take a geocoded photo with my iPhone), we bounced our way up Highway 89 towards the detour around the sinkhole (check out :next: and ... lapse.html ), via Hwy 160 through Tuba City to Hwy 98 near Cow Springs to approach Page AZ from the SE. This detour easily adds another hour onto your drive from Flagstaff to Page. We elected to do the Upper Antelope Slot Canyon tour rather than the Lower Slot Canyon, only because of the flat terrain. I recalled multiple ladders and rock butt slides when exploring the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon. Our Navajo Guide, Frankie, was full of facts about the canyon formation and pointed out the mostly unnoticed features within the slot canyon. Unexpectedly, Frankie is quite the digital photo buff and helped set up shots for most of the visitors. He knew my Canon cameras beyond any of my abilities. After Antelope Canyon we drifted into town to find a late lunch/early dinner joint – Big John’s Texas BBQ fit the bill. We checked into our rooms at the Lake Powell Resort and Marina (NPS Annual Pass came in handy once again to gain entrance into the Wahweap section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area), freshened up prior to some sunset exploration around Glen Canyon Dam and Horseshoe Bend Overlook.

    Sunday May 12th
    7:30am to 1pm boat tour to Rainbow Bridge – confirmation # 80002356O
    2pm drive from Page AZ to Winslow AZ via Hopi Lands – 241 miles, 4hrs 22min per Google Maps
    La Posada Hotel, 303 E 2nd St, Winslow, AZ 86047 - Confirmation#72185 for Rm115, #72184 for Rm125
    7:30pm Mother’s Day dinner reservation at Turquoise Room in La Posada per Jonny
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    Mother’s Day – Up at dawn to catch an early breakfast and check out of our hotel rooms prior to boarding our Rainbow Bridge tour boat at 7am :next: . Besides our Captain’s Derek and Theresa, I think I may have been the only other Arizona resident on that boat that day. Had a chance to chat with visitors from France, Germany, and England – many who had seen the bridge on previous vacations. Interesting that there was instant recognition by our fellow boaters – we all were on the Upper Antelope Canyon trek the day before and were all staying Saturday evening at the Lake Powell Resort! I failed to note the time extension for the tour :next: “The Castle Rock Cut is currently closed due to low lake levels. This tour will last approximately 7 - 7.5 hours total.” Hopefully this won’t impact our 7:30pm dinner reservation at the Turquoise Room in Winslow AZ… The lower lake levels also tacked on an additional half mile for the hike to Rainbow Bridge (hope I didn’t burn out my parents’ wheels tackling Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend the day before). Mission accomplished :next: . Upon returning to Wahweap Marina, we grabbed some cold refreshments and jumped in my F-150 for the backcountry tour through Navajo and Hopi Lands. Didn’t have enough time to stop at Coal Mine Canyon ( ), but we did have just enough for a drive-by of Old Oraibi and Walpi on the Hopi mesas. We arrived at La Posada in Winslow before 6:30pm – plenty of time to freshen up prior to another gastronomic gem served up by Chef John in the Turquoise Room :next: and ... _McClendon’s_farm_prepare_for_Mother's_Day_Special_Event/ . After dinner we had a chance to explore the eclectic La Posada then sit out back to do some trainspotting…

    Monday May 13th
    8am drive from Winslow AZ to Ahwatukee via Mogollon RIm – 183 miles, 3hrs 16min per Google Maps
    La Posada Walking Tour :next:

    Mother’s Day – The Day After… Gathered at 8am in the Turquoise Room for morning breakfast (don’t know where I found the space for breakfast after that huge Sunday meal) and a daylight stroll around the hotel grounds before taking the Hwy 87/Mogollon Rim route home through Payson.

    More photos to follow... ;)
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    NE Arizona tour
    A 3-day Fall break trip to Navajo/Hopi land.

    We spent an hour or so exploring the southern edge of Coal Mine Canyon (15mi south of Tuba City). What a fantastic place! Like stumbling across Bryce Canyon with no signs or fences. I wouldn't bring a dog or an 8-yr old.

    Arrived at Navajo National Monument Sunday morning in time for the once-a-week Ranger guided tour to Betatakin Ruin. We (and 15 other well-geared hikers) were disappointed though when the hike was cancelled as the Ranger's helper didn't show up on time. This is another beautiful place and it would have been a perfect day for the long hike to Keet Seel - too bad the park is under-resourced. We walked the overlook trails which are well worth it..

    Our first trip to Canyon de Chelly and we walked the White House Trail. This is a beautiful trail into a beautiful canyon - a little bit unfortunate that a wire fence keeps you well away from the ruin.

    Monday morning we drove up First Mesa and took the Walpi walking tour. We were lucky to get there just in time to join the only tour of the day (done informally because it was a Hopi holiday). This is a tour more than a hike but we learned a lot of interesting things about Hopi history and modern life. If you have a few extra bucks buy some crafts from the residents.

    Stopped at Homolovi on the way home. I was disappointed that the ruin wasn't heck of a lot more interesting than some of the local Perry Mesa Ruins but there was certainly a wider range of pottery types littering the ground.
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    Drove up to the Hopi Reservation to look around. The Hopi Culteral Center was closed except for the restaurant and the hostess there said she didn't know of any tours. So I stopped at some of the jewelry/craft shops on 2nd Mesa. Talked to some nice people. Everyone had a relative who gave tours, but I didn't find any of them at home. Stopped at a jewelry store an watched a man making intricate silver jewelry. He told me of the tour at Walpi.

    The tour was spectacular. The guide was very knowledgeable and there were many people making and selling katchina dolls along the way. The handcarved dolls were great and even when I said I didn't have money to buy any, the artists were very nice about explaining the many kachinas and symbols anyway.

    Someone above meantioned they saw lots of people with cameras. I didn't, and there were signs saying no photographs allowed and the guide told us as well. It is a shame for such a picturesque place. But the tour was well worth the $13.00.
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    Part of an Xmas/New Year's break spent up in Navajo/Hopi lands using La Posada in Winslow as our "base camp". See =>

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Flagstaff, drive west on I-40. Exit in Winslow and head north on Route 87. A the junction with US264, turn right. In Polacca, there will be a sign indicating the First Mesa villages. Turn and follow the paved road up to the top of First Mesa (no RVs or oversized vehicles allowed). Park in an appropriate parking area (not blocking any doors or trash cans), and make your way to the signed Ponsi Hall Visitor Center.
    Contact Information:
    Ponsi Hall (928)737.2670
    Administration Office (928)737.2670
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