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Homolovi Ruins State Park Arizona
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For miles surrounding Homolovi Ruins State Park, all that can be seen are rolling hills covered with scrub. Yet this was a popular site for the Anasazi hundreds of years ago and still is sacred to the Hopis.
The Hisat'sinom, or Anasazi as archaeologists call them, made their home on the Little Colorado River during the fourteenth century for a brief time before joining the people already on the mesas. These people are now known as the Hopi and continue to consider Homol'ovi to be their homeland. The Hopi still travel to the site to reconnect with the land telling us that the broken stones and pottery are part of the landscape creating the trail that will be followed by the Bahana when he comes back.
Located 5 miles northeast of Winslow, Arizona, the vegetation of Homol'ovi is quite different from most other Arizona State Parks. It is high desert grassland with few trees, so visitors can expect to see plentiful amounts of snakeweed, saltbrush, prickly pear, yucca and sage, to name just a few species of plants. The most common critter in the Homolovi State Park area is the black-tailed prairie dog, which can live in huge colonies that cover up to 100 acres. Elk, mountain lions, cottontail rabbits, burrowing owls and porcupine make up the other residents of the park.
August 12th, 2013
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