Palatki Ruins

Palatki Ruins, Sedona

Palatki Ruins
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Tricia K
11 contributions
Interesting!
Oct 2021
I did some research on the ruins in Arizona before out trip and brought a few small books with us! It was so much fun to hike the ruins and read about what we were looking at! Defiantly take your time, If you go too fast it won't really be understood as to the AMAZINGNESS of what they built back then and how long it must have taken them to build it! We had a blast here!
Written 29 October 2021
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Butch U
7 contributions
Interesting and Staff were awesome
Oct 2021
It's a free tour and you do learn some interesting things if you are into history of the local people from WAY back. Always remember, your daily parking pass should be good at all locations for that day.
Written 27 October 2021
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M-Csala
Myrtle Beach, SC163 contributions
The ruins/pictographs weren't the highlight; the scenery & trail was.
Oct 2021
I've seen many larger Native American sites. But this area is so unspoiled, so far away from the bustle of Sedona, or the overcrowded hiking trails. Volunteer Forest Rangers give talks at the two high points along the trail. First is where the Sinauga built their homes, and later you hike up a second time to where their pictographs were found. Getting to the first section requires some climbing up a steep path where they've put in some large rocks for steps. Warning - for those of us a bit out of shape, hiking poles helped tremendously. They even have "loaner" hiking sticks at the small museum where you check in. These tours are by reservation only, and limited to 10 people every half hour. You must call ahead (under USDA.gov website). That's why this is so unique - it is a huge and wide open space with fabulous views from the trails; couldn't stop taking pictures. Then we enjoyed a light lunch at a picnic table afterwards. Note - much of the route getting here from western Sedona is along a terrifically bumpy and rocky unpaved road. SUV's are much safer than regular cars, and jeeps are even better! Second note - the red rock scenery you will see along the way beats what you'll see in most of central Sedona, especially because it is unspoiled by any signs of people. Just go - you will love it!
Written 21 October 2021
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Mari9
Naperville, IL620 contributions
Loved This Experience
Oct 2021 • Friends
After calling the ruins phone number listed both on Google and also on the official website numerous times with no success, we drove to the ruins to see if we could possibly get in on a tour. Upon arrival, I was told that the number on the website is incorrect as well as on Google. PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECT NUMBER is (928) 282-3854. The last four digits are transposed on the Internet. The ride to get to the ruins was fun as we took the off-road route. One of the volunteers Lisa, was so friendly and accommodating. She let us into the next tour so we had to wait a half hour, which was fine by us. I was so grateful because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this. Lisa talked to our group and told us part of the history before sending us on our way without a guide to the Ranger awaiting at the cliff dwellings. The climb up to the dwellings is pretty difficult. There’s about 50 very steep rugged stone steps on a steep rugged path. There are walking sticks and I recommend grabbing one or two. It did help me with balance. The effort to get to the top is worth it when you get to see the rooms that originally were built 900 years ago. The ranger was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions about the dwellings. We then descended that steep path all the way back down. Then we took a second more forgiving pathway to where the pictographs are. Another Ranger is up at this point and describes the etchings, pictographs and paintings on the wall plus the history. It was a gentleman with a long white beard (sorry I forgot his name) and he was very knowledgeable. It was so cool to see. I highly recommend seeing these ruins. There are more paths, but unfortunately they were closed due to falling rocks. Make sure you make reservations calling the correct number. They space out the tour groups for safety and for preservation as well. They do stop the tour an hour before the park closes, so be aware of that as well. Make the reservation, you won’t be sorry!
Written 15 October 2021
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Darci L
Albion, NE64 contributions
Call first!
Sep 2021 • Family
We drove on very rough road for over an hour. All signs said open until 3. Arrived at 2:30 only to have ranger say last tour was at 2, so no more for the day. You are not allowed to see ruins alone. I understand protecting the site, but please update signs.
Written 5 September 2021
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Mary Sayler
11 contributions
seen from afar
Mar 2021
We viewed this site from a jeep trail tour so could not see all of the area, but just knowing that a tribe lived there centuries ago is worth seeing
Written 27 March 2021
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Maren R
127 contributions
Cool stop on our UTV trip
Jan 2021 • Family
While out on the trails in our rented UTV we stopped to check this out. It's a pretty easy little walk and had the place to ourselves. You can easily see the petroglyphs and old ruins. Worth the $5 entrance fee for all four of us.
Written 8 January 2021
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Tova W
North Manchester, IN38 contributions
Great afternoon trip
Nov 2020
It's a drive on gravel, but worth it. Just a short hike and you will see amazing preserved ruins. Not a difficult hike at all.
Written 22 December 2020
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Cliff K
Des Moines, IA525 contributions
well worth a visit
Mar 2020 • Solo
This spot is well worth seeing if you're in Sedona. You need to have a national park pass and when I was there you need to register for the tours. You have to take a little bumpy road to get to it but most vehicles should be okay if you take your time. I would not recommend riding on it if it had any recent rain though I imagine it would be really slippery. Of course four-wheel drive is best. it has a couple great tours that you normally need to register for to get on and make reservations so make sure that you're able to do that. My experience was pre-covid-19 so it may have changed
I will say the staff and volunteers gave great tours and had lots of information about the site. one of the most interesting things for me is the astrological implications of some of the Glyphs. It's not really stroller friendly and if you have kids you have to really watch them where they could get hurt fairly easily by falling off the path. I think you really should be able to walk on some uneven terrain with hiking or walking sticks in order to do this site. If you can it's worth doing.
Written 3 December 2020
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John B
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
Safari Tours Indian Ruins Tour
Oct 2020
This was only the second among the several visits we have been to Sedona that my wife and I, who usually prefer our own individual hikes, took a Safari jeep tour narrated by Jeff who was extremely knowledgeable. This was the one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience that my wife have had to date in Sedona. Our tour guide, Jeff was such an extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and a great guide that we would take similar tours with him again. We learned facts from him that we did not know before and incorporated them in our annotated collages we created of our journeys. I am an avid amateur photographer who photo-documents all our journeys. The pictures I took on this tour were some of the best of the hundreds I have taken on previous Sedona Visits.
Written 25 October 2020
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