Hopi reservation lays out the welcome mat with new tourist trail.
Micah Loma'omvaya is expertly dodging ruts on a narrow footpath-turned-wagon-trail-turned-barely-passable-road when he spots a rogue compact car with California plates parked off to the side.
Soon its day-pack-wearing occupants stroll into view."
They shouldn't be here without a guide," says Loma'omvaya, a Hopi anthropologist who also happens to be a guide. "This is a federal Indian reservation. We fought for it and we have a right to control tours in it."
Point taken. But as the wind-sculpted otherworldly beauty of Blue Canyon comes into view, it's understandable what tempted the trespassers — and what compelled
Sunset magazine to declare that if this spot weren't in what it dubbed the "The Last Secret Land," it'd be worthy of a starring role in a Ken Burns documentary.