Welcome to Experience Hopi... A World Apart
Visiting Hopi is a unique experience. Hopi have occupied the same land on the mesas in the high desert of Arizona for over a thousand years and the current lifestyles and beliefs preserve the unique heritage of the Hopi culture. Visiting Hopi is a privilege and there is no better way to experience Hopi than beginning at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City. The Upper Village of Moenkopi is one of the twelve Hopi villages situated on First, Second, and Third Mesas. The hotel’s architecture reflects the character of the Hopi villages and the historic photo exhibit in the Conference Center gives an introduction to the rich history of Hopi. Visitors are welcome to tour Hopi independently following the Hopi Arts Trail or, for a truly unique experience, join a guided tour with a guide certified by the Hopi Tribe.
Hopi Arts Trail - Thank you Laurie Davies for featuring the Hopi Arts Trail in Phoenix Magazine's latest issue, "52 Weekend Adventures"! Grab your copy today and check it out!
Hopi Welcomes Tourists - The article in USA TODAY written by Jayne Clark goes in depth about the Hopi Reservation, their traditions, ways of life, and their privacy. The creation of the Hopi Arts Trail signals a new openness among many villages.
Journey to the Center of the Hopi World - This is a humble place, reached by car in the high desert. It's a quiet place, inhabited by people with a job to do: bringing nature back into balance, harmonizing the life of the planet and, if things go according to plan, transforming the world. Framing the scene are distant mountains, threaded with power lines carrying coal-fired energy for the neon lights and leaping water fountains of Las Vegas.
It's an undeniably panoramic but otherwise unprepossessing place to put the center of the world. This article was written by David Armstrong in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Last Secret Land- Peter Fish, Senior Editor of Sunset Magazine, he tells readers "For generations, Arizona’s Hopi have kept their world – and one of the West’s most astonishing landscapes – closed to visitors. Until now…".Click here to view the full article.
The Hopi Arts Trail is not a literal trail to hike but rather a way for visitors to connect with the wonderful artists and galleries on the Hopi mesas in northern Arizona. The Hopi people have lived in villages on the mesas for over a thousand years and have one of the most uniquely preserved cultures in America. The Arts Trail is an invitation to the world to visit the mesas in a respectful manner, to connect with some of the very finest artists in their galleries and home workshops. Hopi art ranges from traditional to contemporary mediums and themes. Basket weaving, Kachina Doll carving, Pottery, and silversmithing are the four most prominent art forms but Hopi artists also find expression in painting, sculpture, glass making, and other contemporary art forms.
Visitors are welcome to drive across the Hopi reservation using the Arts Trail Map as a guide to visit the galleries and contact artists but the very best way to tour Hopi for the first time is with a tour guide who is certified by the Hopi Tribe. These guides are exceptionally knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the Hopi. They know the Kachina Doll carvers, basket makers, silversmiths and other artists and can introduce visitors to the artists and explain the significance of the art.
Moenkopi Legacy Inn Receives Top Honors from FODORS Travel
The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites has received the prestigious designation of Fodor’s Choice, one of only 3 hotels in northern Arizona including the exclusive Amangiri Resort, to achieve this distinction. Fodor's Choice selections recognize the top sights, properties, and experiences that we've found while traveling the world. These places are the "best of the best," providing remarkable experiences in their price range, destination, or category.
The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites is located across the street from Tuba City, Arizona at the Western Gateway to Hopi. It is the first hotel built on Hopi tribal land in 50 years and was the inspiration of the Elders of Upper Village of Moenkopi. It was their vision that their village should be a place of welcome and gathering for visitors to the land of the Hopi.
The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites features local Hopi artists' work in show cases and displayed throughout the hotel. Guests will be able to meet artists in the Experience Hopi programs that are conducted by Hopi artists from First, Second, and Third Mesa villages. The hotel also features a fitness center, as well as a pool which is open May through September.
Find out more about the hotel from an interview on NPR, with Tom Wilmer Audiolog- The Travel Show correspondent. He also interviews Micah Loma'omvaya, an authorized Hopi tour guide about Hopi culture.
View Arizona Highway's video clip on Hopi Pottery and Art
Experience Hopi Culture and Tour Hopi Villages
The Upper Village of Moenkopi, the Western Gateway to Hopi, invites you to experience the warm hospitality of the Hopi people. The Villages are among the longest continuously inhabited places in North America. Visit Hopi Villages, meet artists in their home workshops, enjoy unique Hopi food, and meet some of the friendliest people in the world – the Hopi people.
Guided Walking Tours are available in the Villages of Sipaulovi and Walpi where the rich heritage of the Hopi people and village life over the centuries surrounds you. These tours are available year round to all visitors to Hopi. For an in depth tour of the Hopi Villages and the opportunity to visit artists (including world renowned Kachina carvers) in their home workshops, take a tour with an authorized Hopi Guide who will explain the culture and heritage of the Hopi people.
What can you expect from Hopi Tour with an authorized tour guide? Click here to see one visitors experience!
The Meaning Behind the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites Logo
The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites logo is representative of Hopi traditions and is an original work of art created by Hopi artists. The Hopi people are guardians of the sacred land called Tutskwa in northeastern Arizona since ancient times and it is the responsibility of the Elders of the village to protect the land in their jurisdiction for the benefit of the people. This stewardship is premised on Hopi Prophecy, Faith in the Supreme Being would be the key to success." Read More
The TUUVI Travel Center, across the street from the hotel and near Tuba City, has all of the conveniences that travelers on-the-go require plus authentic Native American arts. The TUUVI Café offers a full service menu of traditional American and Hopi food and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hopi Arts & Culture
Visitors to Hopi are invited to come to the Hopi Villages during festival times. Art shows, social dances, and many other colorful activities occur throughout the year. Sign up to receive the Experience Hopi e-Newsletter to receive notification of upcoming programs.
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