Honanki Ruin

Honanki Ruin

I have to say that Honanki is a real gem. If you have any interest at all in archaeology both Honanki and Palatki are absolute must see sites. They are both free to visit, short and easy 1/4 mile walks on well maintained dirt paths. Give yourself about 3 hours to fully absorb both sites.

The following is from the Coconino Forest Service website:
“Red Rock Country-Honanki”

The Honanki Heritage Site cliff dwelling and rock art site is located west of the town of Sedona. Currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program, the site is open to the general public for visits seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call the Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 203-2900 or Palatki at (928) 282-3854 before you go.

The Sinagua, ancestors of the Hopi, lived here from about AD1100 to 1300 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.

The only facilities at Honanki are vault-type toilets.
No drinking water available.
Pets are not allowed beyond the parking lot at this heritage site.

Fees A Red Rock Pass (or equivalent) is required on all vehicles parked at our cultural sites. This pass can be purchased at many locations enroute.
Open Season: Year ’round
Usage: Medium

To Honanki Heritage Site From Sedona: 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.

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.