Located right on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, squarely in the heart of the popular Grand Canyon Village, Hopi House is a favorite stop for visitors to Grand Canyon National Park. Designed by legendary architect Mary Colter—the individual responsible for such other area landmarks as Bright Angel Lodge, Desert View Watchtower, Hermits Rest, Lookout Studio, and Phantom Ranch—Hopi House is a twentieth-century rendering of a Hopi pueblo dwelling. Here you can explore the inner designs of a home that would have been indigenous to the area while perusing a wide variety of striking arts and crafts for sale.
Hopi House History and Background
In 1904, the Santa Fe Railway—working in conjunction with a local concessioner, the Fred Harvey Company—commissioned the construction of a small shop that would sell artifacts and artworks fashioned by local artists who were members of the Hopi tribe. These companies selected architect Mary Colter to design the structure, and it was decided that the new building would be constructed right next to the Santa Fe Railway’s other prime property, the grand El Tovar Hotel.
The Hopi House was opened on January 1, 1905, and met with immediate acclaim by a public eager to explore the historical recreation Colter had designed along the South Rim. The three-story structure is made up mainly of locally sourced materials such as stone and adobe. The building’s rather tiny windows and fairly low ceilings reflect how the Hopi people would have designed their own dwellings to maximize protection from the harsh natural surroundings. Hopi House was given the prestigious honor of being named a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It subsequently underwent an extensive renovation, intended to preserve the special building for future generations, in 1995.
What’s at Hopi House
Hopi House offers visitors to Grand Canyon National Park a unique experience, in that it is in essence a gift shop whose building is also its own historic attraction. The structure itself is a fascinating building to enter and explore architecturally—while of course enjoying all the remarkable items for sale! Hopi House sells a tremendous array of arts and crafts made by local Native Americans. The offerings here include such diverse things as woven baskets, ceremonial masks, multiple kinds of woodcarvings, blankets, and rugs. As you peruse the displays, don’t forget to also check out the various Hopi murals that decorate the space.
Hopi House occupies a prime spot along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as part of scenic Grand Canyon Village. Visitors to Hopi House will find nearly every sort of amenity available in Grand Canyon National Park nearby. There is plenty of parking here, and numerous dining options. Lodging options in the immediate vicinity of Hopi House include El Tovar Hotel, Thunderbird Lodge, and Bright Angel Lodge. Other popular attractions found near Hopi House include Grand Canyon Train Depot, Lookout Studio, and Kolb Studio.
Tips for Visiting Hopi House
- Hours vary seasonally, so make sure to check before planning your trip.
- For hiking enthusiasts, the trailhead of the popular Bright Angel Trail is found not too far from Hopi House. A fun idea might be to go for an inspiring hike through the Canyon, and then on your way back stop off at Hopi House for a lovely memento that will most remind you of the glorious sights and sounds you just experienced on your excursion.
- Because of its proximity to El Tovar Hotel, there is plenty of free parking located directly next to Hopi House though it can be difficult to find a spot during high season.