Palatki Heritage Site

October 19, 2017 Leave a Comment


Palatki means “red house” in the Hopi language, and it’s the perfect name for this archaeological site. Located in the Coconino National Forest close to Sedona, the Palatki site features gorgeous red sandstones, ancient cliff dwellings, and was built circa 1100 – 1400 CE. A testament to the Sinagua people, part of the Ancient Pueblo People, the south-facing structures are ideal for shade from the Arizona sun.

Sinaguas are known for their pottery and crops. The Honankis built another site nearby, boasting the biggest cliff dwellings in the area. Palatkis encompasses two pueblos, which suggests that two families lived in the region. Pictographs on the eastern pueblo are allegedly a kin symbol according to archaeologists.


Art on the Rocks


The pictographs and petroglyphs are one of the biggest draws to the Palatki site. Created by the Sinaguas during the Archaic period, some pre-date the dwellings and are estimated to be up to 6,000 years old. Although about 80 percent of the structures have disappeared since the turn of the century from degradation, there’s still an impressive amount of history to explore here.


The site is open seven days per week 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. With two trails and a sweeping view of the cliff dwellings, it’s the perfect moderate outing for history buffs and outdoor lovers. Guests need a Red Rock Pass in order to enter.



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