Palatki Heritage Site

Palatki and its sister site, Honanki, were the largest cliff dwellings of the Red Rock Country between AD 1150 - 1350. They also exhibit extensive rock art. The sites were first described by Dr. Jesse Walter Fewkes, famous turn-of-the century archaeologist from the Smithsonian Institution, who gave them the Hopi names of Honanki (Badger House) and Palatki (Red House). The Hopi, however, have no specific names for these sites.

Currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program, the site is open to the general public for visits seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). A small visitor center and bookstore, run by the Arizona Natural History Association, is located a short distance from the parking lot.

There are three trails at Palatki Heritage Site, one trail that takes you up to the Sinagua cliff dwellings, one that takes you to a view of the dwellings and a third that goes to the alcoves that shelter the painted symbols, or pictographs from every native culture to ever occupy the Verde Valley. These trails, each ¼ mile one way making the round trip distance one and one half mile, are fairly easy but they are not accessible to most wheelchairs.

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Location

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Latitude: 34.914941 Longitude: -111.902531 Elevation: 4722 ft
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Nina Hubbard

Time Period Represented

AD 1150 - 1350

Hours Open

Open 7 days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Visitor Fees

Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required on all vehicles parked at our cultural sites. This pass can be purchased the Palatki Visitors Center.

Visitor Restrictions or Regulations

The area next to the cliff dwelling is limited to ten visitors at a time. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Before you visit, please call for reservations at (928) 282-3854 and read our Archaeological Site Etiquette Guide.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The trails are short and fairly easy, but they are not accessible to most wheelchairs.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed beyond the parking area at this heritage site.

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