Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Exploring Arizona - "Standing on the Corner" in Winslow, AZ - Homolovi State Park & Hopi Ancient Pueblo Ruins - The Grand Canyon

Winslow Arizona - "Take it easy"

You've all heard the song "Take it Easy" by the Eagles. Martha and I were near Winslow while staying at Homolovi State Park.  We were within three miles of Winslow, Arizona so we had to go and "stand on the corner" didn't we?

(Homolovi State Park Camping Review follows the Homolovi section of this blog entry)

Mural on one of the downtown buildings  - "The Mail Order Bride"

Homolovi State Park - Winslow, Arizona

(Our campground rating is at the bottom of this section)

Homolovi State Park is home to some ancient and very important Hopi Indian pueblo ruins. The word "Homolovi" means "Little Hills" in the Hopi language. The park protects 300 ancient Hopi Pueblo ruins. 

There were other settlers in the Homolovi area

The area is quite desolate. The Little Colorado River is dry but we were told there was water available within eight inches of the surface.

Pottery Shards found and displayed near some of the ruins. 

AT&T - Yes, Three bars but very laggy
VERIZON - Yes, five bars and fast

COST - $30 Nightly, 20/30/50 AMPS, Water, No sewer, Dump and trash in the park near the dump station

DISCOUNTS - None for out of staters


REVIEW - Paved sites. You need to get close to the power pedestal and water when in a pull through site. Both are a good distance from the center of the sites. Very quiet, Site 20 is mostly level for shorter RV's, We needed to back up onto three 2X12's to get level with our 40' RV, Some pull thru's will accommodate 80' RV and toads/trailers.  Winslow, AZ is just minutes away so make sure you ger your photo with the girl in the Flat Bed Ford.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Teddy Roosevelt said of the Grand Canyon "In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it." On January 11, 1908 he made the Grand Canyon a National Monument.

The following needs no narration. The photos will speak volumes.

(We stayed at "Grand Canyon Camper Village". Rating after this section)

An Elk living life on the edge of the canyon. She wanted the leaves from this tree and fifteen or so people taking her photo didn't stop her. 

WIFI - Yes but spotty and slow
AT&T - No, no bars
VERIZON - Yes, two bars but wavered in and out. Virtually useless, don't plan on working on line, its not going to happen.

COST - $55 nightly + tax

SERVICES - 20/30/50 Amps, Water, Sewer, pull in or back in sites, picnic tables, fire rings. restrooms, showers, laundry.

REVIEW - Save your money! Go somewhere else. Packed in like sardines (if you have a large coach), The sites were long enough to leave our tow dolly hooked up but VERY narrow. They make you place your BIG rig head in because of utility placement. Virtually a thinly graveled parking lot with a lot of bare spots. We had very fine dust throughout our site with almost no gravel. Had it rained it would have been one heck of a mess. Check in was easy as the attendant didn't really want to talk anyway.  On the plus side there is a pizza joint, steak house, general store and Starbucks within very easy walking distance. My advice is stay away unless you are just planning an overnight stay. It is a really awful place, the restrooms were dirty and stinky. Everything is run down and used hard.  Just sayin

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