Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Homolovi State Park Ruins Trails

The Homolovi Ruins Trails are along the bank of the Little Colorado River in the grasslands near Winslow, Arizona.

There are two short trails to mostly unexcavated ruins sites that were abandoned around 1400. It is thought that these people moved to join the Hopis on the mesas about 60 miles north.

The Homolovi II trail is paved and features a reconstructed rectangular kiva. Most of the rest of the site are the rubble piles of structures that were originally two or three stories.

The Homolovi I trail leads to a site on the banks of the Little Colorado River. It is thought that a severe flood may have been a factor in abandoning the site.

In the distance the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff are visible. The peaks are the home of the Kachinas, the spirits who bring the rain so that the corn will grow. Corn was the most important crop of these people and still plays an important spiritual role.

At both sites there are small displays of the variety of pottery shards found on the site. There is a third short trail that winds in around a rock outcrop that has some petroglyghs.

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