by: Editor on 8/12/2016
The Honanki Heritage Site is located in Red Rock country and, along with the sister site Palatki, are the biggest cliff dwellings in the area and are estimated to have formed circa 1200 AD. The Hopi ancestors, the Sinagua, called Honanki home and used the space to raise families, create tools and leather goods, and prepare meals. In the nearby area, the Sinagua hunted rabbit and deer, which are still found in abundance today. There are a number of nearby edible plants, too.
Today, the heritage site can be found on the outskirts of Sedona and is governed by the US Forest Service via the Red Rock Pass Program. The site is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here, you’ll find an interpretive site and restroom facilities. A Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required for all vehicles and can be purchased from a number of local retailers.
Rules of the Rocks
Pets are only allowed in the parking lot area. There are hiking trails throughout the area suitable for most ages and abilities. To access the site, head 17 miles northwest of Sedona on Highway 89A via West Sedona. Past mile marker 365, you’ll turn right onto Forest Road 525. Follow 525 for 9.5 miles past the Loy Canyon Cattleguard trailhead.
Many consider Honanki a spiritually rich site, and it’s a favorite for meditative walks. It’s a must for any Sedona visitor and a welcome respite from the bustle of the city.
by: Editor on 4/20/2016
The fourth weekend in April marks the annual Sedona Open Studios Tour from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Visit artists in their natural environment and enjoy live music, appetizers and great company as you go from studio to studio. Get to know a deeper level of artistry, watch the masters work, and maybe even fall in love with a piece that’s the perfect keepsake from your Sedona adventure.
The Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition is the host of the event, now in its 13th year. A celebration of all artists in the greater Verde Valley, the artist-operated non-profit welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Artists’ participation fees fully fund the tours, which makes it a free community event for all.
A Real Work of Art
In 2016, more than 40 studios will be participating, and every imaginable medium will be on display. Enjoy ceramics, fiber, watercolors, painting, sculpture, photography, and even jewelry making. The Coalition was founded in 1996 with nine artist friends who were passionate about conversations and the sharing of creative ideas.
A common bond can strengthen each individual artist. Now, there are more than 150 shows hosted by the Coalition each year. In 2006, the group gained non-profit status and has been featured in the Sedona Monthly magazine. Show your support, and indulge in a weekend of artistry to see another beautiful slice of Sedona.
by: Editor on 1/9/2016
You can go with a reputable tour company or create your own—there’s plenty to see and do in Sedona! Make sure you check out Cathedral Rock, a beautiful climb and/or great view. It’s ranked as the number one sightseeing destination on Trip Advisor and is a great place to start out your tour of Arizona’s stunning natural beauty. The Red Rock Scenic Byway is another option, letting you take in the beauty from the comfort of your car.
Chapel of the Holy Cross is a gorgeous chapel tucked into the Red Rock Mountains. It’s a testament to how the beauty of manmade destinations and Mother Earth can sometimes work harmoniously. Bell Rock is another favorite hot spot, offering distinct landmark features (and it’s great for photo opportunities!).
Check It Out!
Oak Creek Canyon offers stunning views and is a top choice for picnics year-round. Broken Arrow Trail is an off-roading vehicle hot spot, so if you plan to rent an ATV or four-wheeler, make sure to choose a company that offers trail rides at this spot. The West Fork Oak Creek Trail is another top choice, but with hiking and biking trails too.
Sedona star gazing is a must, whether you DIY or choose a tour company to guide your way. From Airport Mesa to Doe Mountain Trail, Sedona is an outdoor lover’s dream come true.
by: Editor on 2/16/2015
We go on and on about the beautiful red rocks here in Sedona and all of the amazing views but what else is there to talk about when you are in such a majestic place as this?! There are a number of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather while taking in the scenery. Hiking, and biking are two of the most popular. There are always jeep tours of the red rocks but have you tried a horseback riding tour of Sedona?
Forget the bumpy car rides or the sore feet from climbing and hiking through rugged trails, horseback tours of Sedona are the way to go. Horseback tours give you a unique and investing perspective of the amazing rock formations. You get to explore places a jeep couldn’t take you and where your legs just are strong enough to manage. There are a number of companies that offer horseback riding tours of Sedona. With a number of different tour options and pricing to fit all budgets, it is a great opportunity that you don’t get everyday. You can squeeze a quick one hour ride into your day or plan on an entire evening including a real cowboy cookout. If you are a cowboy yourself or even if you haven’t been on a horse, there are rides, trails and horses for all skill levels.
We are happy to give you a list of places that can accommodate your group for such an amazing adventure. Just stop by our front desk and our friendly office staff will be happy to assist you or when you call to make your reservations with us, your chosen Sedona hotel, we will be happy to give you the names of vendors over the phone. We look forward to seeing you and helping you see more of what our area has to offer.
by: Editor on 1/14/2015
Here in Sedona, there is so many beautiful and majestic sights to see. It can be difficult to see everything there is to see while visiting. Pink Jeep Tours takes the hassle out of sight seeing. It is a fantastic way to see all there is to see and have a great time doing it.
Pink Jeep Tours is an off road, adventurous, scenic tour of the amazing surroundings of Sedona. Not only will you get a full on educational ride but it is thrilling and exciting. With a number of tours to choose from, there are several options that are sure to fit any budget.
The Scenic Rim Tour takes you North to the Grand Canyon for an experience you will never forget. Take a leap back in time as you explore Indian ruins on the Ancient Ruins Tour or try out the most popular tour, the Broken Arrow Tour, that gives you a look at the red rock country here in Sedona. For a list of tours and pricing check out the Pink Jeep Tours website or stop by our front desk and allow our friendly staff help you decide which excursion is for you. Even the manliest of men will enjoy riding around in a pink jeep as you throw it in four wheel drive and climb through Sedona’s backyard to catch up close views of some of our famous red rock formations.
by: Editor on 4/25/2014
While in Sedona, take in some history and explore the past of the Native American Indians that once roamed the area. Located on the outskirts of Sedona, the Palatki Ruins are ancient Native American Indian ruins dating back to the early 1800’s.
Nestled in the red rocks, these ruins are an outdoor museum of American Indian life available for the public to explore. This ancient settlement once had a town square that is now open spaces and alcoves. Notable artwork along the remaining walls include images scratched into rock and painted images. The rock art spans thousands of years and the colored human and animal forms are easy to distinguish.
Living quarters from two dwellings still exist although due to deterioration, one has been closed to the public. The second dwelling consists of nine rooms and is open for tours. The agave roasting pit that is on display is one of the largest in the Verde Valley. The roasting pit, along with the large public alcoves gives visitors a glimpse into the building techniques and skills the Shinaguan Indians used.
Palatki is open seven days a week. Stop in for a few hours, listen to the guides and learn a little more about the area. There are picnic areas for you to enjoy an afternoon snack and give your feet a rest.