Second Mesa is located in Navajo County northeast of Flagstaff between Tuba City and Window Rock along Highway 264.
The village is situated within the Hopi Indian Reservation.
Second Mesa is the center of tourism in Hopiland, as the Hopi country is called. Second Mesa is where visitors will find the Hopi Cultural Center. Villages on Second Mesa include Shungopavi, which was moved to its present site after Old Shungopavi was abandoned in 1680 following the Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish. Old Shungopavi is said to be the first Hopi village. It's notable for its silver jewelry.
The Snake Dance is held here during odd-numbered years and in nearby Gray Spring in even years. However, it is doubtful that these dances will be open to non-Hopis. Those interested should try calling Mishongnovi's Community Development Office to check. Shipaulovi, which is located on the eastern edge of the mesa, was founded after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.