Journey To Hopi: A Friendly, Spiritual Road Trip
To keep things simple, I’ve designed this journey so that my guests are allowed to manage the cost of the trip. Guests are responsible for all transportation and lodging during the trip. I basically go along for the ride and offer myself as a personal guide.
Lodging, Transportation and Various Expenses
Here are some basics:
The Drive: All road trips depart from Phoenix, Arizona. The drive from Phoenix to Hopi Land, without stops or heavy traffic, takes approximately four hours one-way, eight hours round-trip. With this in mind, it’s very stressful to make the trip up and back in one day. It’s much more enjoyable to include other stops along the way, and make it a two or three day road trip.
Transportation: Guests are required to pay for gas and provide transportation by either renting a vehicle or using their own.
Lodging: Once travel dates and plans have been submitted I will provide a tentative itinerary and a list of suggestions of places to stay. Guests are responsible for paying for all lodging (including mine), and taking care of any cancellations. Again, this allows the guest to manage the cost of the trip and make it as expensive, or inexpensive as they like.
For example, depending on the number of guests, it may be more comfortable and cost effective to rent a house in the Flagstaff area using www.airbnb.com, than staying at the Hopi Cultural Center. Flagstaff makes for a great hub and is centrally located to everything in the area.
Park Fees: Guests are responsible for paying any and all park entrance fees. Most fees can be found online. Some parks like the Grand Canyon charge per vehicle, instead of per person.
Hopi Visit Expenses:
- Meals: Meals are optional and not required. The cost for a traditional Hopi lunch or dinner is $20.00 per person and must be booked in advance. Please remember that you’re paying for more than just food. Special diets cannot be accommodated.
- Handmade Hopi Crafts: These items can range anywhere from $10.00 to over $100.00 per item, depending on what our hosts have to offer. Please bring cash!
- Cash gratuities for our Hopi hosts at the end of each visit is greatly honored and appreciated.
Personal Guide Services: My daily rate for accompanying guests on these friendly, spiritual road trips are $100.00 per day + lodging. I pay for all of my own meals.
The Journey | A Spiritual Quest | What To Expect
The First Day: In an attempt to avoid rush-hour traffic and to make the trip not feel so rushed, I recommend departing Phoenix anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Our one and only required stop of the day will be Montezuma’s Well, where we will offer a prayer and leave a small peace-offering. This park is located a couple of hours north of Phoenix, near Camp Verde, Arizona. The park closes at 5:00 PM, so we have to allow enough time to arrive at the park, perform our ceremony and exit the park before they close the gates.
The First Two Hours: To make our road trip interesting and fun, and to kick off the spiritual aspect of the journey, I will ask guests to write down 5 questions or things that they would like to change or improve in their lives. Then I will ask them to keep a journal of everything that they notice during our adventure; traffic, animal sightings, climate conditions, certain things that come up in discussions, everything of significance will need to be written in the journal.
Storytelling: Throughout our road trip I will share stories of some of the more mysterious circumstances surrounding my friendship with the Hopi, what took place when we met, and what I’m allowed to share with the public regarding their beliefs, traditions, and their relationship with the Grand Canyon. I will also share some of the more mystical experiences I’ve had at Hopi Land.
Here’s a sample of a Three-Day Journey:
Sample: Day One
- Depart Phoenix, Arziona at 9:00 AM
- First stop: Montezuma’s Well to offer a prayer and peace offering. (Required.)
- Second stop: Tuzigoot National Monument for a brief tour.
- Third stop: Standing on the Corner museum in Winslow, Arizona, and a brief stop at Little Painted Desert.
- Final stop: Hopi Cultural Center. Guests are on their own for the evening.
- Stargazing: If the weather permits we may take a 5-minute drive to one of the mesa’s for some spectacular stargazing.
Sample: Day Two
- Guests are on their own until checkout, which is at 11:00 AM. The Cultural Center has a museum and various gift shops to explore.
- First Stop: A visit with my Hopi friends in their home. The visit will include the following:
- A traditional Hopi lunch (Optional)
- A sit-down visit in their home that will last about an hour, sometimes longer.
- An opportunity to purchase handmade Hopi crafts.
- A short walking tour of their village if there are no private ceremonies taking place that day.
- A Hopi Kachina Dance if scheduled at the right time of year.
- Next Stop: Spend the rest of the day visiting various Hopi art galleries on First, Second or Third Mesa.
- Third Stop: Depart for the Hopi village of Moenkopi near Tuba City, Arizona. Depending on weather conditions and the amount of daylight left, we may get to stop at Coal Mine Canyon for some spectacular views of this very rustic canyon. (Requires a SUV-type vehicle.)
- Final Stop: A night at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites. After we’ve checked into the hotel, guests are on their own for the evening.
Sample: Day Three
- Guests are on their own until check-out.
- First Stop: A quick tour of the Hopi village Moenkopi.
- Next Stop: The Grand Canyon; spend the afternoon exploring views of the Grand Canyon.
- Third Stop: Dinner in Flagstaff, Arizona.
- Final Stop: Phoenix, Arizona. And finally, during the last hour of our adventure we will revisit the 5 things that each guest wrote down in their journal at the beginning of the journey, to try and determine if our journey revealed any new insights or direction.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographs, photo books and videos will be available for purchase several days after the journey is complete.