Palatki Heritage Site Hiking Trail

Palatki Ruins Hiking Trail

Cococino National Forest – Palatki Heritage Site Hiking Trail: Take a giant leap back into ancient history & enjoy a hike in Palatki Heritage site. These ancient Indian ruins built in 1100 to 1400 CE by the Sinagua Indians are located a 20 minute drive from Devils Bridge Hiking Trail. The ruins are open 7 days a week and are limited to tours of 10 people at a time. It’s recommended to call ahead at (928) 282-3854 to make a reservation, especially during the busy seasons.

The Palatki cliff dwellings were built under red rock overhangs to for shelter and winter sun. The pueblos were inhabited by the Sinagua people who made pottery and planted crops in the area’s valley. In addition to the pueblo’s ruins there are some abstract cliff drawings that estimated to be over 3,000 to 5,000 years old.

The hiking trails surrounding the ruins range from .25 to .5 miles and are ideal for hikers of all experience levels.

Estimated Time: 1-1.5 hours

Total Distance: 1-2 miles

Map & Directions

Trail Pictures

Total Distance (mile)

In the hopi language Paltaki means "read house"

Total Estimated Time (hour)

Some of Paltaki's petroglyphs are estimated to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old.




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When to Go

Spring/Fall: Call ahead at (928) 282-3854 to make reservations to visit the Palatki Heritage site as tour groups are limited to 10 people. We also recommend going early in the AM and during the spring or fall months when the weather is milder.

Dog Friendly?

No, pets are not allowed beyond the parking area at the heritage site.




Palatki Heritage Site Trail Map

Palatki Heritage Site Directions

Address for GPS: Forest Road 795 Sedona AZ 86336, Sedona, AZ 86336

Why We Liked It

We loved taking a time warp back into ancient history & explore the Palatki Heritage ruins. It was incredible to see the timeworn pueblos and learn about the Hopi indians who inhabited the area. Although the hike around the ruins was relatively short, it was fascinated to absorb the history & enjoy the beautiful red rock views. We recommend making this your second or third hiking adventure for the day as there are picnic tables near the ruins & calling ahead to make a reservation.




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