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The Palatki Heritage Site

The sister site to Honanki site, there are two trails at Palatki Heritage Site. One trail takes you to the Sinagua cliff dwellings and the other to the alcoves that shelter the painted symbols or pictographs of ancient native cultures of the Verde Valley. The trail to the pictographs is fairly easy but the trail to the cliff dwelling includes 50 uneven rocky steps. The word Palatki means `red house` in the Hopi language. The Sinagua created the ruins from 1100 to 1400, but there are pictographs and petroglyphs that are much older. Some of the petroglyphs are estimated to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old and came from the more archaic cultures. This is a very popular cultural site and the Forest Service manages the number of guest that may be admitted. Reservations are advised.