Palatki Heritage Site

#9 in Best Things To Do in Sedona
Palatki Heritage Site
Palatki Heritage Site
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Key Info

Forest Road 795

Price & Hours

$5 for one daily Red Rock Pass
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

For a glimpse of what life was like in the red rocks between A.D. 1150 and 1350, take a drive to the Palatki Heritage Site. These ancient cliff dwellings were once the home of the Hopi tribe and are now among the largest cave dwellings in the area. The pictographs that cover the walls of the site impress many visitors. Recent travelers also praised the informative and enthusiastic staff.

There are three hiking trails at the Palatki Heritage Site  one that will take you directly to the Sinagua cliff dwellings, one that leads you to a view of the dwellings and another to the pictographs. Each of these trails measures about 1/4 of a mile one-way and all are widely recommended by visitors. 

To access the site, follow Route 89A west of the "Y" intersection, then make a right on Forest Road 525. Parking is available, but you will need to purchase a Red Rock Pass for your vehicle when you get there (a day pass costs $5 per vehicle). The site is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m and reservations are required (plan to arrive 10 minutes before your reservation time). Admission and tours are free. Restrooms, a bookstore and drinking water are available at the visitor center. For more information, check out the Palatki Heritage Site website.

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