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Palatki RuinsSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2005
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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With Lynn and the rain...

"PLAN A" was to hike Inner Basin Trail and have an August snowball fight in Arizona. Pulled the plug on that idea when we encountered heavy rain and severe lightning at the Lockett Meadow trail head. "PLAN B" was to head to Sedona and investigate some of the ruins I've had on my "must see" list for some time. Traveled down Oak Creek Canyon along 89-A through Sedona. At the west end of Sedona, turned off at Dry Creek Road and headed north. Stopped at a Red Rocks Pass Kiosk and paid the $5 fee for a day pass. Just before Dry Creek Road dips down into the Boyton Pass, there is a fantastic panoramic view of the Red Rocks area.

PHOTOS OF PALATKI RUINS

1.Arrived at the Palatki Ruins parking lot with threatening skies overhead.
2.There is a self-guided history display of the Red Cliffs area located beside the parking lot. Gave it a quick read while the rain held off.
3.Soon discover Palatki means "Red House" as named by Dr.J.W. Fewkes during his archeological digs in 1895 and 1911. The Hopi believe they are direct descendants of the Sinagua who built the cliff dwellings on this site.
4.We walk up to the 1920's homesteader house of Charles Willard. It is now occupied by USDA Forest Service Rangers. The Ranger asks if we have a reservation - no we do not! Fortunately the rain has minimized holiday visitors today and he allows us to be "walk-ups". He advises us to call 928-282-3854 to reserve a spot for any future visits.
5.From the ranch house/ranger station, the trail makes a "T" intersection. Turn left for rock art, turn right for ruins. We also see evidence of the rancher's orchard. Eat a peach?
6.The trail to the ruins has some interesting rock formations.
7.As the trail heads up towards the red cliffs, catch our first glimpse of Palatki ruins.
8.There is a Ranger on site providing visitors with an oral interpretation of the archeological evidence. Almost on cue, the skies burst open as the Ranger remarks that the overhanging cliffs provided the Sinagua inhabitants shelter from inclemant weather!
9.The west alcove ruins are off limits to visitors. You are however allowed to enter the 6 rooms of the east alcove ruin. Remember the code when visiting these ancient sites - LOOK, DON'T TOUCH!
10.Shot "A" of Palatki ruins...
11.Shot "B" of Palatki ruins...
12.Shot "C" of Palatki ruins...
13.Shot "D" of Palatki ruins...
14.Shot "E" of Palatki ruins. Note the rock art to the upper right. This is thought to be Apache, evidence of more recent inhabitation...


PHOTOS OF PALATKI ROCK ART

1.We walk back along the Ruins Trail in a steady rain heading towards the Rock Art Trail.
2.At Bear Alcove there is another Ranger pointing out the various petroglyphs (rock art carved or pecked into stone) and pictographs (rock art painted onto stone).
3.Shot "A" of Palatki rock art...
4.Shot "B" of Palatki rock art. Note the eagle petroglyph in the center, below the elk pictographs located in upper left...
5.Shot "C" of Palatki rock art...
6.Shot "D" of Palatki rock art. A classic elk pictograph...
7.Shot "E" of Palatki rock art. Typical snake/water pictographs...


PHOTOS OF HONANKI RUINS

1.Continue along FR525 to the Honanki Ruins parking lot.
2.Only a Pink Jeep Tours vehicle in the parking lot.
3.Trail is well maintained making for an easy hike. A history display informs us that Honanki means "Bear House".
4.Catch our first glimpse of the ruins through the trees and under an overhanging cliff.
5.A panoramic view of Honanki ruins.
6.Shot "A" of Honanki ruins...
7.Shot "B" of Honanki ruins...
8.Shot "C" of Honanki ruins...
9.Shot "D" of Honanki ruins...
10.Shot "E" of Honanki ruins...


PHOTOS OF HONANKI ROCK ART

1.Shot "A" of Honanki rock art...
2.Shot "B" of Honanki rock art...
3.Shot "C" of Honanki rock art...
4.Shot "D" of Honanki rock art. Some controversy whether the symbol over the ruins represents the moon, the sun, or a nova from the 11th century...
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