Palatki Heritage Site

EASY 12 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.

0.9 miles
183 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips




historic site

no dogs

Indian Ruins and Rock Art The site is actually two sites. The one to the right is Native American ruins, while the one to the left is Rock Art.

2 months ago

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

4 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.

6 months ago

Easy hike, loved the ruins. Tranquil.

6 months ago

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

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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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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.

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!