Hopi House, Grand Canyon National Park

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Hopi House is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, within Grand Canyon National Park in the U.S. state of Arizona. Built in 1904 as concessioner facilities at the South Rim were being developed, it is the first of eight projects at the Grand Canyon that were designed by architect Mary Colter, along with Bright Angel Lodge, Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio, Phantom Ranch, Desert View Watchtower, Colter Hall and Victor Hall, (the latter two being employee dormitories). Hopi House was built by the Fred Harvey Company as a market for Native American crafts, made by artisans on the site. The Hopi, as the historic inhabitants of the area, were chosen as the featured artisans, and the building was designed to closely resemble a traditional Hopi pueblo. Hopi House opened on January 1, 1905, two weeks before the El Tovar Hotel, located just to the west, was opened.DesignMary Colter had worked on a number of projects for the Fred Harvey Company, principally as an architect and interior designer. She was particularly successful in a similar project, the Indian Building at the Fred Harvey Company's Alvarado Hotel (now demolished) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Colter planned Hopi House as a sort of living museum, in which Hopi Indians could live while making and selling traditional crafts. The structure was based on Colter's interpretation of the Hopi dwelling at Oraibi, Arizona. The ethnohistorically-correct structure was at the time of its construction the first introduction for many park visitors to the architecture and life of the native peoples of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. A variety of interior spaces provide museum, sales and demonstration space.
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  • This is no ordinary gift shop. The name Hopi originates from the popular Native American tribe who built the house that was completed in 1905. The house was designated an Historic National Landmark in...  more »
  • I have never seen so many Native American indian gifts all in one place. There is a wide variety of items and really good quality too. Even just a browse is so interesting. It is definitely worth a vi...  more »
  • I didn't want to leave the Grand Canyon without finding a piece of local pottery, and Hopi House provided! I could have spent hours in here. I was so impressed with the amount of Native American-made ...  more »
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  • Wonderful Hopi house has beautiful works of art for sale and in gallery from Hopi, Ute, Navajo and other tribes. Very awe inspiring history. Great gift shop for bringing back gifts for family, friends, or even yourself! Most of the price of pottery is defined by if it was actually Native made or imported from non natives. I personally bough a beautiful Navajo vase.
  • Cool shop with Native American products.
  • Really excellent, wonderfully clean and interesting... really recommendable...
  • it worth a visit at this point. We had a great view from the canyon from here.
  • Nice place, well curated with original Native American arts and crafts for purchase.

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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