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“Interesting Indian Ruins”
Review of Palatki Ruins

Palatki Ruins
Ranked #17 of 157 things to do in Sedona
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Enjoyed the Pink Jeep tour of Indian ruins outside of Sedona. Not really spectacular, but quite interesting nevertheless. Bumpy ride on gravel road and then short hike to ruins.

Thank DrMacBeth
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Beautiful spot, interesting ruins. Fairly close to Sedona center, 2 miles on ok dirt roads. Worth seeing

Thank lansingisland
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We took our two young boys here and really enjoyed the guides' historical perspective on the area, as well as the hikes up to the rock art and the ruins. Very good time!

Thank Nichole F
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

The ruins were amazing & unimaginable ! the buggie ride was awesome we had some rough terrain at some points but the challenge was incredible!!

Thank Al P
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

OK, I'm a fool for ruins. This one is small and intimate and beautifully sited on Forest Service land just west of Sedona, in rather remote Red Canyon. Don't expect another Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon, this was a small farming settlement. Several things to know: Access is by somewhat rough dirt Forest Service roads, accessible by passenger car except when wet- expect the trip to take up to an hour from Sedona. Drive slowly, enjoy the magnificent scenery, and you'll be fine. I'm seeing other reviewers suggest that you take the 89A (paved) to FR 525 (unpaved)-I disagree. We went in that way and out on Boynton Canyon Rd and Boynton Canyon Rd was shorter, more direct, paved part way, and more heavily traveled, if you're nervous about car trouble. It's also the route to a number of local trailheads, so you can make it a multi-purpose trip. Palatki (like the rest of Sedona) can be very crowded on the week ends. If at all possible, try to visit early in the day and during the week. Call ahead to reserve a spot on a specific tour. The tour is composed of two sections, both uphill (in different directions) from the valley floor. Check in at the ranch house, which serves as the visitor center, where you can borrow a walking stick to help with the climb. Your group (ours was four people) hikes up to the ruins on its own and meets the guide there for a fascinating fifteen or twenty minute presentation and discussion about the ancient Sinagua peoples. Then it's back down to the valley floor and up to another portion of the site, this time featuring a cave alcove full of pictographs, rock art. The hikes are moderately steep but short and most people should be able to handle the trip. The rangers and volunteers here are just wonderful. They're enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable and are happy to answer questions. There's also a small museum and gift shop in the farm house. Things started to get busy about the time we were done. We headed to Honanki ruins, about six miles away on a much rougher dirt road. We had our Jeep and were glad for it. If you have the vehicle Honanki is definitely worth the trip. It's less visited-a Pink Jeep tour was leaving just as we arrived and we had the place to ourselves. We walked out to the ruin and followed the path along the base of the rocks in which the remains of the village were located. It was a very intimate feeling-you could really imagine and almost sense the presence of those ancient villagers. Just a great experience!

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