Palatki Heritage Site

EASY 16 reviews
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Palatki Heritage Site is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

historic site

no dogs

Palatki Heritage Site is located in Red Rock Country and is protected by the U.S. Forest Service. This site offers GUIDED TOURS of cliff dwellings left behind by the Sinagua Culture as well as magnificent petroglyphs and pictographs. Visitors will be accompanied on site by trained volunteer tour guides. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call ahead to make reservations. Due to site limitations, entrance can not guaranteed without a reservation.The number for reservations is: 928-282-3854. Palatki Heritage Site hours are as follows: 9:30AM-3:00PM, every day of the week. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only regularly scheduled closing days. Admission is by: Red Rock Pass, National Park Pass, or Golden Age Pass. Since the roads to Palatki are unpaved, extreme weather might dictate closing of the site. Visitors would be wise to be aware of the weather conditions and if doubtful, to call ahead and confirm.

hiking
1 month ago

Very good experience. National Forest Service volunteers were excellent. Well worth making the effort to make reservations.

4 months ago

Not recommended for low clearance vehicles! Seriously! Worth it though.

walking
6 months ago

As it turned out, I was glad this was "guided" as I learned quality information I wouldn't have otherwise known. The main reason the ruins are guided is because they are not "re-built" ruins, but actual, still standing walls. The second site is mostly petrographs/pictographs (drawings or paintings). Pictographs can be carbon-dated, so we know what eras different ones are from. This site also had a volunteer to talk and discuss what you were seeing.

8 months ago

Easy hike, loved the ruins. Tranquil.

8 months ago

Loved the ruins and our guide was very knowledgeable and fun.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The site itself is amazing and very well preserved, unfortunately the volunteers are less than knowledgeable and seemed to be in a great hurry to end the day.

walking
Friday, April 22, 2016

I give it 5 stars for it's historical value and for the efforts of the government to keep this treasure well preserved. A ranger is there to tell you about the ruins you're looking at and about the people that once occupied them. Fascinating stuff if you're into this sort of thing.

As a hiking excursion, well, it's not really a hike. You will walk from a parking area to a ranger station where a friendly guide tells you where to go. A short walk up a path leads you to the ancient dwellings where you'll marvel at their splendor amidst the red rock formations.

They suggest you call ahead and let them know you're coming. I guess they don't want too many visitors rushing the fragile ancient site at once. The ranger tries to make it a one on one educational experience. They're doing a fine job.

hiking
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Reservations are suggested. If you show up without a reservation, you will be asked to wait until the can work you in; it generally doesn't take that long. A volunteer is at the visitor's center, the ruin, and the rock art. Very nice!

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