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Sister Heritage Sites Palatki and Honanki were the largest cliff dwellings in the Red Rock Country from about A.D. 1150 to 1350. Archaeologists use the term Sinagua for the archaeological culture associated with these locations.
Cliff dwellings and rock art sites at each location are currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program. They are open to the general public for visits seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). The forest service has an informative guide to these and nearby heritage resources here (opens as a PDF).
A small visitor center is located a short distance from the parking lot at Palatki.
There are three trails at Palatki Heritage Site: one to the Sinagua cliff dwellings, one to a view of the dwellings, and a third to alcoves that shelter the painted symbols, or pictographs. These trails are fairly easy but are not accessible to most wheelchairs.
The area next to Palatki 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.