Indian Ruins, Sedona

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    Sinagua Indians and Honaki Ruins

    by deecat Updated Jun 2, 2005

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    Montezuma Castle

    Sedona is the perfect location between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. The Sinagua Indians were the first to settle here. They left behind a 600-room cliff dwelling ruin called Honaki. You probably will not be able to visit these fragile ruins located on an alcove on the west side of Low Butte next to Lincoln Canyon.

    A three-story, 20 room residential structure is just awesome. You cannot climb to the ruin, but the view from the nature trail below is incredible.

    There's a visitor's center that displays artifacts of the Sinagua and Hohokam Cultures.
    2800 Montezuma
    Castle Highway
    Cam Verde, Arizona

    Sometimes this is called Montezuma Castle National Monument

    The Sinagua people tucked this dwelling into an alcove in a limestone cliff. It's located near Camp Verde, three miles east of Interstate 17. Use Exit Number 289 and follow the signs.

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    • Archeology

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    Palatki Heritage Site

    by madamx Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    6,000 year old antelope

    This site gives you great bang for your buck: a chance to see rock art that is 6,000 years old, and a chance to climb into an ancient Singaua dwelling.

    Palatki is situated in a beautiful red rock canyon and the cliff dwelling you can go into was occupied from 1000 to 1300. There are a couple of short, rocky, fairly steep trails to see the sites. If you think you will have trouble walking these, you can view the dwellings from a viewpoint on a loop trail, but not the rock art. There are very informative interpreters stationed at the art and the dwellings. You even get a chance to see 900 year old fingerprints, where someone was applying mud to the dwelling. Do make time to see this site if you can.

    You reach Palatki by driving on dirt and gravel roads. Don't attempt this trip if it is raining as conditions on the roads can deteriorate rapidly. You must phone ahead and reserve yourself a spot as there are only 20 parking spaces available at one time.

    The site is open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, 7 days a week.

    Directions: Head south on Highway 89A, and make a right-hand turn onto FR 525, about 8 miles from Cottonwood. Then, follow the signs. Watch carefully for the turn-off, as the sign is quite small. If you do miss it, there is a left hand turn bay heading north on Highway 89, and plenty of turn arounds located on the Highway, if you do drive past the turn-off.

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    Rabbit Rock

    by Yaqui Updated May 9, 2009

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    Many of the beautiful rock formations you cannot see from the downtown area, but can only see if you head off one of the side roads. We were able to see these beautiful rocks while on the Pink Jeep Tour to see the Palatki Ruins. Our guide made sure to point them out. To see these you have to exit off of 89A onto Dry Creek Canyon Road, turn left at on Long Canyon and then turn left at the Y of this road. There is signs, but it is a dirt road and not always two wheel friendly.

    Sedona Chamber of Commerce
    Uptown Sedona
    Village of Oakcreek
    Tequa Plaza, 7000 Hwy 179 Ste 101
    P.O. Box 478
    Sedona, Az 86336

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    Turtle Rock

    by Yaqui Written May 9, 2009

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    Another one of the beautiful rock formations you cannot see from the downtown area, but can only see if you head off one of the side roads. We were able to see these beautiful rocks while on the Pink Jeep Tour to see the Palatki Ruins. Our guide made sure to point them out. To see these you have to exit off of 89A onto Dry Creek Canyon Road, turn left at on Long Canyon and then turn left at the Y of this road. There is signs, but it is a dirt road and not always two wheel friendly.

    Sedona Chamber of Commerce
    Uptown Sedona
    Village of Oakcreek
    Tequa Plaza, 7000 Hwy 179 Ste 101
    P.O. Box 478
    Sedona, Az 86336

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Photography

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