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“Amazing ruins” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palatki Ruins

Palatki Ruins
Ranked #17 of 149 things to do in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
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47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Amazing ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We had a Jeep so the road to the site was fun. I would not recommend driving this road in a regular, non 4-wheel drive vehicle. Fantastic Heritage ruins site with some actual, not reconstructed. The docents who guide you are very knowledgeable and you can tell they just have such a passion for these Indians and their past. There is a short, easy hike up to the actual dwellings where you can see how the Sinaguan Indians lived. The guide will give you a brief talk about the history and then you can ask questions. Then, you head down again and go over to the other side of the canyon and back up a little hike to the caves. There are many and very, very old pictographs on the walls that you can see clearly. There is another guide there who will tell you what these mean and give you the history of this ancient tribe, who are believed to be the ancestors of the Hopi. You do need to call ahead and make a reservation, or you will drive out there and be hugely disappointed. Our boys were fascinated and asked many, many questions. You get a real feeling and sense of these ancient peoples and how hard and yet fulfilling their lives must have been. Maybe not the best place for really young kids, as it won't hold their interest and they will get antsy. They are not allowed to touch anything or take anything, so it might be challenging for you, them and others. I would say, depending on the behavior and interest of the child, 7 or above would be a good age. Our boys are 11 and it was perfect for them. On both of our trips there, there were children under the age of 7 that were running around, yelling, touching, and it was difficult for everyone, including them.

Visited January 2014
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San Diego, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Quick visit will provide a lot of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

Well worth the drive out on the dirt road to view the cliff dwellings and hieroglyphics. NFS volunteers are very helpful and knowledgeable. The hikes to the sites are very short and easy - although those who need assistance should be careful. The road out to the site is mostly unpaved - but passable by passenger cars -watch for mud after rains. Worth a visit for sure.

Visited January 2014
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new york city
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67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“nothing much to say but FANTASTIC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Daniel, our Pink Jeep tour guide, was a terrific person to take us to the ruins. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and down to earth. The ruins were fantastic, and Daniel helped us appreciate the wonder of what we were seeing.

Visited December 2013
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Grant-Valkaria, Florida
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122 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“beautiful walk with view of the past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Nice, short, shady walk with a bit of a climb over rocks and good info. Ruins to one side of the house, and grotto and petroglyphs to the other. They accept Red Rock pass, which can be purchased at gas stations in Sedona and from machines at some trailheads. Boynton Pass Rd is doable, but not advisable. Need high clearance vehicle. The state route is fine, just a little slow.

Visited January 2014
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

It is best to call ahead and make reservations. A guide takes you to the ruins in small groups and explain the history of the Indians that lived there. There is a old ranch house which is the check-in spot. It is also a mini museum with lots of interesting information in it. You can tell the volunteers love what they do. All are very nice and full of information. You have to drive on a dirt road for a few miles to get here but you do not need a high clearance vehicle of four wheel drive.

Visited December 2013
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