Visit a Hopi family in their home, experience a traditional Hopi meal, purchase handmade Hopi crafts, take a walking tour of their village, and attend a Kachina Dance in the plaza.
Hi, my name is, Chris, and I’ve lived all over the country, but most recently Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and now Phoenix, Arizona.
In all of my traveling I’ve come to know the Four Corners Region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico quite well. I’ve frequented such sites as Montezuma’s Well, Tuzigoot National Monument, Canyon de Chelly, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Navajo National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Antelope Canyon, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and various towns in Arizona such as Sedona, Jerome, Flagstaff, Winslow, Tuba City, and Page, plus Cortez, Colorado, and Farmington and Sante Fe, New Mexico. But out of all of the places that I’ve visited, my favorite are the Hopi villages at First, Second and Third Mesa in Arizona, also known as Hopi Land.
The first time I visited Hopi was in April of 2008. I was living in Denver, Colorado and decided to take a trip through the Desert Southwest. I ended up in Sedona, Arizona, and met a woman that owned a company that offered various types of tours. For reasons unknown I was naturally drawn to Hopi, so I scheduled an all-day tour with a Hopi couple. We met at the Cultural Center, and I instantly felt at home. Coincidentally, I attended my very first Kachina dance on this day. I fell in love with Hopi at first sight.
My second visit to Hopi took place three years later, in July of 2011. I was living in Phoenix, Arizona, and decided to schedule a second tour for myself and a friend. This particular experience was very different from the first; much more professional and educational.
My third visit to Hopi took place the following year, in May of 2012, after a friend invited me to meet her at Hopi to help a family plant their spring corn. It was during that visit something magical took place, but I’ll save the story for your journey to Hopi. Four years into this friendship my Hopi friends asked me if I would be interested in bringing people to visit Hopi. I couldn’t say no. And that’s how Journey To Hopi came to be.
Very Important Disclaimer: I have known my friends at Hopi well over 5 years now, and have learned that while they are very powerful and mystical within their own right, they guard their secrets, wisdom and knowledge very closely. Their beliefs, traditions and ways of life are very private and personal. If you’re looking for one of those tours that promises some sort of fantastical, other-worldly, shamanistic, learn-all-about-the-Hopi experience, you may wish to continue your search elsewhere. Sedona seems to be a mecca for those types of tours.
My journeys are much more personal, simple and realistic; you get to visit and talk to a Hopi couple in their home in one of the most significant villages at Hopi. If you choose, you can experience a traditional Hopi meal, purchase handmade Hopi crafts, take a walking tour of their village, and attend a dance in the plaza. (Kachina dances take place at various times throughout the year.)
And if the weather permits you may even get the opportunity to sit on the edge of one of the mesas at night, to take in a spectacular view of the Milky Way and countless stars. Anything that happens above and beyond this is completely left to chance, and anything is possible at Hopi.