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Discover profound natural beauty and see how the Hopi people keep their culture alive on lands, adjacent to the Navajo Nation in the northeast corner of Arizona.

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Take a tour with a private guide to learn about the fascinating Hopi culture within a community that includes two villages – Upper Moenkopi and Lower Moenkopi. The villages were originally agricultural lands for the nearby village of Oraibi because of their natural springs. It is no surprise Moenkopi means “place of running water.” A guide is also required for exploring nearby canyons and petroglyph sites.

The Hopi people would run the 46 miles between Oraibi and Moenkopi to tend to their crops. Eventually, Moenkopi was settled when Oraibi grew too crowded. The communities were later divided into Lower Moenkopi, where residents kept closer ties to original Oraibi philosophies and crafts, and Upper Moenkopi, in which the population embraced more contemporary ways.

Visitors are welcomed with open arms at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, the first motel built on Hopi tribals land in 50 years. Inspired by the elders of Upper Moenkopi, the design of the inn reflects their village.

Within the villages and surrounding lands, visitors are welcome. Visitors are advised to contact the village offices to inquire about attending ceremonies, and remember that photographs, audio recordings, and sketches are not allowed. Pick up a map to take a self-guided tour of the Hopi Arts Trail to explore and purchase the works of Hopi artists in their studios and galleries.

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Moenkopi, AZ | (435) 727-5870 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Coconino 1870 4,777ft 964

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