Extreme Heat Advisory: Due to the heat and for the purpose of visitor and volunteer safety the Forest Service Heritage Sites will have reduced hours today through Sunday (June 24-26):
V Bar V Heritage Site will close at 2:00 PM.
Palatki Heritage Site will remain open through the day with regular hours 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Dwelling tours will end at 12:00 noon. Rock art tours will remain on schedule through the day. Remember reservations are required at Palatki. For reservations call the site directly at 928-282-3854.
Honanki Heritage Site will close at 1:00 PM.
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.
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.