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Review of Palatki Ruins

Palatki Ruins
Ranked #17 of 159 things to do in Sedona
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Terrylynn, our friendly guide was wonderful! the volunteer at the drawings was outstanding as well. SO INFORMATIVE!! next time I want to take a pen/paper to write down all he said- wow! fantastic photo opportunities as well. learned alot! and we will be back!

2  Thank Michele H
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Glad to see reviewers have been mentioning the rough road getting out there. It is a very interesting site, and the volunteers do a great job explaining the history. Allow about 45 minutes from West Sedona to get out there so you don't have to rush.

2  Thank Terry S
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

True, the ride seemed a little long and a bit bumpy, but it was well worth it. We didn't know to call ahead and they were very gracious to us. It was a nice hike--even for those of us who do not regularly hike. The pictographs were amazing and the volunteers were so friendly and informative. You do need a Red Rock pass......tip....at the visitors center we purchased a National Parks pass for $10 which paid for itself over and over. It covers Red Rock pass and more. What a savings.

1  Thank TerBix
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This Heritage site is 7 miles down a bumpy gravel and dirt road off Hwy. 89A south--remote but so worth it. You will take a moderately difficult hiking trail to get up close and personal with a wonderfully preserved pueblo cliff dwelling. Another trail leads to an area of pictographs and petrogyphs of 7-9 different civilizations over several thousands of years. The docents were extremely knowledgeable and informative, sharing stories of the people who lived here. This is a real treasure that doesn't seem to be advertised. There are two other cliff dwelling sites a bit further down the dirt road but we were told this site has the best preserved ruins.
Palatki Cliffs is open. 9:30-3pm and you must call before you go (928-282-3854). Calling ahead was not mentioned in the "things to do in Sedona" newspaper and we were lucky it was not crowded the day we visited. We had also visited Montezuma's castle which is a cliff dwelling but you can't get close. You have to look at it from a trail far below. This is much better to get a real feel for being part of this Native American life.
Take 89A south out of Sedona to 1/2 mile past mile marker 365. Look for a small sign to FF 525. It is not very well marked and no signs for the Heritage site are on the highway. After turning on 525 you will go just a little way on paved road and you will come to a sign for the Heritage site. From here on, it will be 7 miles of unpaved road. Allow at least 30 mins from the time you leave the highway to get to the site. The drive is rough but scenic and worth it--a highlight of our trip.

3  Thank brusselslady48
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Worth the extra bumpy road ride to get there. Fascinating pictographs and beautiful setting. Our tour guide volunteer made this come to life.

Thank padingo
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