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First Mesa

Located on the Hopi Reservation, First Mesa grants visitors the rare opportunity to discover a way of life that dates back more than 1,000 years and to purchase one-of-kind works of art. 

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The raw beauty of First Mesa is amplified by the living traditions of the small communities who live as their ancestors did.

Located on the Hopi Reservation, First Mesa consolidates three age-old Hopi and Arizona Tewa villages: Hano, Sitsmovi, and Walpi. The settlements are high atop a mesa with sweeping views of sky, rock, and horizon. Life may be hard here, but the people are proud, independent, and deeply intertwined with the land.

Walpi is the oldest village, continuously inhabited for the past 1,100 years. Unlike the others, it still doesn’t have running water or electricity. A guided walking tour, arranged by the First Mesa Consolidated Village Office, is an unforgettable experience. As you stroll the roads, you will witness life just as it’s been over centuries, while learning about its complex history. You’ll also hear about contemporary Hopi life, economic development, and cultural preservation.

The artisans of First Mesa are known for producing objects of great beauty, including finely detailed polychrome pottery and carved katsina dolls. Many artists will invite you into their home workshops to admire and purchase these handcrafted items, keepsakes to treasure for a lifetime.

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For Visitor information

Explore Hopi | Second Mesa, AZ | (928) 734-0044 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Navajo 900 5,810ft 1,124

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