Palatki Heritage Site – Ancient Cliff Dwellings and Petroglyphs

palatki ruins sedonaAs far back as 6000 years ago, humans inhabited this area of Arizona, and through the centuries, various tribes have claimed the place as their own. The Native American name Palatki means “red house” in Hopi). Remnants of their times and cultures exist in cliff dwellings and in nearby rock art, evocative symbols created with mineral powders. Many of the earliest tribes remain unknown; others include the Southern Sinagua (pronounced sinawa), the Yavapai, and the Apache. THis site is located about ten miles outside of Sedona. The sites are accessible via short hikes, and a small visitors center is available. Visitors should be respectful when visiting these sites not to touch or take any artifacts.