Palatki Ruins

The Palatki Ruins are in an area near Sedona. You may love this Arizona historical site since not so many take the trouble to go there. But it is well worth it!

Are you looking for an off the beaten path historical site to investigate? Then this is it!

PalatkiView of the Sinagua Cliff Dwelling Ruins at the Heritage Site

Palatki means red house in the Hopi language. Smithsonian Institute archaeologist, Dr. J.W. Fewkes, gave these Sinagua pueblo ruins their descriptive name.  It's an archaeological Heritage Site.

Plus there's another nearby - Honanki - which in the Hopi language means Badger House.

It's nearby to Sedona. It makes sense that Palatki is named for the vivid color of the red rocks of the area.

Specific areas you can view:
  • Sinagua cliff dwellings
    • One trail goes along a view-point
    • Another then goes right up to the ruins
  • Still another trail takes you to an area with pictographs - the ancient drawings painted on cliff-sides

All three trails make for a round trip from and then back to the Visitor Center area.

Because of the nature of the area, if you wish to view these well preserved cliff dwellings - you must make reservations for a tour. Only 10 persons are permitted on each scheduled excursion.

Are you interested in arranging your own up-close and personal view of these cliff dwellings? See our suggestions below:

Palatki Planning

  • The Heritage Center is open every day of the year except Christmas day and Thanksgiving Day. Tours from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 to 3 p.m. They're scheduled to depart every 30 minutes. A maximum of 10 people on each.
  • The Center may be closed if the gravel road into the area becomes impassable because of excessive rain or snowstorms. If so - signs are posted on route areas.
  • Reservations highly suggested! You can chance it without reserving. They'll take you if there's room. Reservations always get preference.
  • Reserve your spot: call the Heritage Center from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at (928) 282-3854
  • Your Red Rock Pass is required for parking at the Heritage Center's lot. To get this important area pass - see more here>
  • Arrive & check in at the Visitor Center at least 10 minutes before your tour reservation time.
  • Expect a hike on the tour. A total of about 1-1/2 miles of easy terrain, but not wheel-chair suitable. Remember to wear sensible shoes!
  • It's located about 13 miles northwest of Sedona. Many signs direct you to its location. Some of the drive is rough, along  non-maintained gravel roads. With perfect weather - expect to take at least 1/2 hour to arrive from uptown Sedona.
  • For a map of the area, & various methods for access - click here>
  • Plan on at least one hour - 2 hours would even be better. That's time to appreciate all at the Palatki site, as well as your tour.