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Palatki Ruins

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Address: Forest Road 525 to Forest Road 795, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ 86336
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+1 928-282-3854

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Astounding Views

This beautiful spot is well worth the tiny inconvenience of driving the rough road. Slow down a little and enjoy the views as you approach the ruins. One thing that I didn't know... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
O'Fallon, Illinois
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O'Fallon, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This beautiful spot is well worth the tiny inconvenience of driving the rough road. Slow down a little and enjoy the views as you approach the ruins. One thing that I didn't know before going, and I should have, is that the site closes promptly at 3 P.M. Why, I have no idea, and the ranger wouldn't or couldn't tell... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband called a few days in advance to make a reservation. The lady that answered the phone told us the last tour for Sundays was at 3. We booked a 2:15 reservation since we were leaving the area the following week. We left our RV at 1 :30 to a lot for traffic, etc. We put the address in... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very easy 1/4 mile walk to ruins then back. The valley is majestic. The red rock formation is the same you see elsewhere but it is different by being in an isolated valley. It took my breath away. The information from guide is very good. So glad we took the time today to do this. There is about 5 miles... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The hike to the historical ruins and the grotto were reasonable and could be handled by most healthy adults and children. The guides who spoke at both sites were wonderfully knowlegable and really provided excellent insight into how the sites were used and the various tribes and historical meaning of ancient drawings on the rocks. Definitely worth about an hour... More 

Thank Lois2448
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit starts with an easy hike to a trail that heads up via stone steps and through rocks. This part is a bit more challenging, but made less so with use of the walking sticks distributed at the visitors center. This hikes are guided by knowledgeable and friendly volunteer rangers and let you get close to the ruins and... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been to a lot of ruins in Arizona lately and these are not the biggest but some of the nicest for both location as well as relative ease to get to once at the park. Weird thing is you need a guide to take you there and our reservation really ran late - we reserved when we first arrived.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since we crossed the border into Arizona on our vacation we've been visiting several ruins. The last time we were in Sedona we were unable to make it out to Palatki Ruins so we made a point of seeing them this time. This site requires an unpaved drive of about ten miles but it is really worth it. You need... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location itself of the 800 year old ruins is spectacular. The ruins themselves are interesting. But the pictographs and petroglyphs spanning from one that's possible Clovis all the way up to the 1800s are uniquely fascinating! They wouldn't be without the superb volunteer guides who show and explain them. We've seen pictographs other places, but never came away with... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little off the beaten track you can't trust your sat-nav to get you there (thank you Jake for excellent directions). Booking ahead is essential. Knowedgeable and enthusiastic volunteer guides give a fascinating insight into the culture of the pre-Colubian of the area's inhabitants. Well worth the effort of getting there.

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Sedona with a group of friends and we were fortunate enough to get reservations. This site requires a tour leader, mostly very knowledgeable volunteers, but it is a great preface for visits to related sites like Honaki. There are two areas to see - both are pretty easy hikes. The first is to the Indian ruins. The volunteers... More 

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