Palatki Ruins

Palatki Ruins, Sedona

Palatki Ruins
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mom2ourboys
Zionsville, IN16 contributions
A surprisingly stirring and beautiful historic site. The cliff dwellings were unrestored, making them very unique. The petroglyphs and cave paintings were awe-inspiring. The tour was amazing and the guides were wonderful. The entire experience was powerful and brought tears to my eyes. If you are in Sedona or Flagstaff-this is the one "must see" in the area.
Please call ahead for a reservation and believe your GPS/Apple Map when it tells you that it will take 30 minutes to go 5 miles. It will be worth it!
Written April 17, 2022
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Crystal C
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I am glad we visited this site to see up close some of the historical dwellings and cave drawings. They were a little disorganized the day we visited but I didn’t let that detract from my rating because these are volunteers and they were willing to answer questions and genuinely want to share their knowledge. Just a note that the road to get to this location is a little rough, doable but slower going than normal highway. Also, call before driving to the location as they require reservations and only give guided tours.
Written June 5, 2022
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thetollefsons
Seattle, WA23 contributions
Make sure you have reservations before heading out on a long drive on a dirt ride. We were in a SUV and at times I thought we wouldn't make it, but the trip was worth it.

Parking lot: $5.00 to park, have bathrooms and clean drinking water.

The tour was wonderful. Met with the park ranger who led us to the head of the trail where we hiked up to the top of the ruins where another ranger was there to greet us and educated us on the history of the ruins.

Then we hiked down to another trail and another ranger was there to show us the petroglyphs.
Written May 5, 2022
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John B
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
This was only the second among the several visits we have been to Sedona that my wife and I, who usually prefer our own individual hikes, took a Safari jeep tour narrated by Jeff who was extremely knowledgeable. This was the one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience that my wife have had to date in Sedona. Our tour guide, Jeff was such an extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and a great guide that we would take similar tours with him again. We learned facts from him that we did not know before and incorporated them in our annotated collages we created of our journeys. I am an avid amateur photographer who photo-documents all our journeys. The pictures I took on this tour were some of the best of the hundreds I have taken on previous Sedona Visits.
Written October 25, 2020
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PacoFlp
Silver Spring, MD34 contributions
This National Historic Cultural Site is really impressive and the personalized attention from the park staff and interpretive volunteer make these cliff dwellings/cave drawings come to life. You also get to go inside one of the caves to see where a 20th century inhabitant lived. The cave drawings are literally thousands of years old and tell a fascinating story. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this attraction. We should all thank the National Forest Service for maintaining, preserving, and making this site accessible.
Written January 4, 2020
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Terri Dorow
Granite Bay, CA52 contributions
Probably best to make a reservation, as this is a mostly guided tour and that way you don't have to wait around. We didn't have one so had to wait almost 20 minutes, though the Visitor Center does have a video and some other displays. The tour took us to two locations- a Sinagua dwelling and then to a grotto full of petroglyphs. Both amazing if you can imagine living the life of a native American in 1200 AD!
Written January 19, 2020
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papadon090
Blossom, TX57 contributions
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The road to the sight was good except for the last 8 miles which was very, very bumpy road. Bad shocks and loose car parts, plus spouses with bad backs definitely stay away. Jeeps, ATV's and tanks would be suggested vehicles. If we would have known the conditions, this site would have not been on our itinerary. Parking lot was good. The Rangers took one look at my wife and said she would not be able to do the dwelling portion of the hike. The first hike consisted of 250 steps, which were boulders at different angles and sized. Thank God I took a provided walking stick for balance. The other hike to the Indian drawings had rocks at the top but was totally up hill. My wife and I walk daily but we were not ready for this sight.
Written March 16, 2022
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BobN06
Avondale, PA525 contributions
Had a hard time making contact by phone for reservations (turns out the lines were down) so drove out to see what was available We were able to get on a tour - probably not available if we were not traveling at the time we did. Tour was fantastic and it was a great orientation to the heritage and history of the site. Park rangers were friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Written January 29, 2022
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Mas Chips
Herndon, VA25 contributions
Family
Fantastic volunteer lead tour of a heritage site containing petroglyphs, cliff dwelling structures, and beautiful scenery. Easy for older children. We followed the reviews and called the ranger station to make the required reservation. Make sure you show up on time or the tour will leave without you and you cannot go on your own. Leave for extra time to get there as 8 miles of the road there is not paved (mostly dirt and gravel). We made it in our minivan but drove slow to avoid getting a flat. Kids raved about the trip afterwards Wonderful time by the whole family.
Written December 20, 2021
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Marilynn K
4 contributions
Solo
The guides & staff were wonderful. They gave welcoming greetings & were very helpful & knowledgeable. All questions were answered thoughtfully, even though our group was a bit behind.
I would recommend taking the time to do both tours - - petroglyphs & the ruins.
Worth the visit & beautiful country.
Written February 16, 2020
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