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“GREAT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL CULTURE”
Review of Palatki Ruins

Palatki Ruins
Ranked #19 of 156 things to do in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
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Big Bear Lake, California
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693 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“GREAT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL CULTURE”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We took a tour with the Pink Jeep Tour Company and did the Ruins Tour. The driver was fairly knowledgeable about the local indian culture and customs and the ruins are easy to walk up to.

Visited February 2013
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Sedona, Arizona
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth the Ride”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Took family visiting from out of town. It was one of their favorite things. The Rangers were awesome at educating us all!

Visited October 2012
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Laguna Niguel, California
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265 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Awesome peek into history”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

It's a few miles of bumpy dirt/gravel road to get back to the Ruins, so expect to need a car wash by the time you get there and back again. But it is an awesome place, and worth whatever small hassle is involved in getting there. The Forest Service volunteers are very knowledgeable, and do a great job of making the history of the pueblos come alive. The pictographs in the western part of the Ruins are fascinating. If there is water in the Grotto Area, be sure to ask the volunteer to toss a pebble into the water, then watch the ripples of light dance on the cave walls.
The parking area is small, so be sure to make a reservation before driving back to the Palatki Ruins. I would hate to get turned away because I didn't reserve a spot.

Visited March 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great ancient rock art and cliff dwellings”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Enthusiastic guides take you on tours of hundreds-of-years-old Native American dwellings, pictographs and petroglyphs. You're standing/walking for 1-3 hours, depending on what tours you take, so be prepared. The stories these pictures tell, of hundreds of years of use and several different "peoples" using the same sites over those hundreds of years, is mind boggling.

If you're really lucky, and there are no other tourists around, they might even take you to the "restricted" area, where the *really* great rock art is. But it's so fragile that they don't take people there when it's busy. When you arrive, ASK to see if they'll take you to that section (where the "agave roasting pit" is)

You HAVE to make reservations in advance. Go on a Friday or Saturday and it will be less busy than the rest of the week. It can be a rough ride on the unimproved "roads" to get there, so if you're in a low-clearance sedan you should think twice before going.

Visited February 2013
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Urbana, Illinois
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91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“a backward glance”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Very interesting site which includes both dwellings and pictographs. Both locations are staffed with knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. It's a little hard to get to; includes about 7 miles on a rather rough road. It is worth the trip.

Visited February 2013
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