Honanki Heritage Site


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Honanki and its sister site, Palatki, were the largest cliff dwellings of the Red Rock country between AD 1150 - 1350. The Sinagua, ancestors of the Hopi, lived here preparing meals, raising their families, and making tools from stone, leather, and wood. Nearby they hunted for deer and rabbit, tended various crops, and gathered edible wild plants. They were first described by Dr. Jesse Walter Fewkes, famous turn-of-the century archaeologist from the Smithsonian Institution, who gave them the Hopi names of Honanki (Badger House) and Palatki (Red House). The Hopi, however, have no specific names for these sites.

The Honanki Heritage Site cliff dwelling and rock art site is located near the town of Sedona in north-central Arizona. The site is managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program. Please review the Archaeological Site Etiquette Guide before your visit.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. seven days a week. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Toilets
Fees Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required on all vehicles parked at our cultural sites.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Pets are not allowed beyond the parking lot at this heritage site.
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District - 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: 17 miles northwest of Sedona, AZ

GPS (Map): 34°56'12.7"N 111°56'03.5"W

From Sedona: Take Hwy. 89A through West Sedona and continue past the last traffic light for five miles. Just past mile marker 365, turn right onto Forest Road 525. Follow Forest Road 525 for 9.5 miles. Just past the cattleguard at Loy Canyon trailhead you will bear to the left to go around some private property.

Alternative Route from Sedona: those with high-clearance vehicles and/or a sense of adventue can turn right on Dry Creek Road off 89A and follow the signs for Enchantment Resort/Loy Butte. At the road to the Enchantment Resort, turn left onto Boynton Pass Road (FR 152C), and follow the signs for Loy Butte/Palatki (FR 525 to FR 795, pass FR 795 and continue up 525 2.5 miles to Honanki). This road is generally passable to passenger cars when dry, but it is not regularly maintained by the County and has some rough and rocky stretches. The compensation for abusing your motor vehicle are wonderful views of the red rock formations that Sedona is so famous for.

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