Sedona History & Museums: Sedona Arizona Heritage Sites & Indian Rock Art

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Heritage Sites & Indian Rock Art

Many ancient ruins have been discovered in Sedona and the Verde Valley that unfold a rich cultural history. Ancient cultures, namely the Sinagua Indians, left behind remnants of their existence that are still in tact for us to explore and learn from today. Check out this list of Sedona Heritage Sites and discover ruins, petroglyphs, and rock art of Northern Arizona’s ancient inhabitants.

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Where can I find Heritage Sites and Indian Rock Art nearby Sedona?

Honanki Ruins Cultural Site
Explore and learn about the ancient cliff dwellings and rock art of the Hopi ancestors, the Sinagua Indians. 

  • Location: Take Hwy 89a west towards Cottonwood, travel past West Sedona past the last traffic light for 5 miles, turn right just after mile marker 365 onto Forest Road 525. Follow Forest Road 525 for 9.5 miles past the Loy Canyon Trailhead, bare left and enter the private property where you will find the Heritage site. 
  • Season/Hours: Open daily 10am-6pm
  • Cost: A Red Rock Pass is required when visiting the heritage site. Passes can be purchased on site for $5 
  • Services: Vault toilets, no drinking water. 
  • Phone: Red Rock Ranger District (928) 282-4119, or Palatki (928) 282-3854

Palatki Ruins Cultural Site
Honanki’s sister site, Palatki, is another spot where you will find breathtaking Sinagua cliff dwellings. There is also an alcove with rock art from all of the ancient cultures that have occupied the Verde Valley.

  • Location: Take Hwy 89a west, through West Sedona, turn right just past mile marker 365 onto Forest Road 525. Drive 5 miles to continue onto Forest Road 795 for 2 miles to the Palatki site parking lot. 
  • Season/Hours: Open daily 9:30am-3pm. 
  • Cost: A Red Rock Pass is required. Passes can be purchased for $5 on site. 
  • Services: Restrooms, visitor center, bookstore. 
  • Phone: (928) 282-3854

Montezuma Castle
This magnificent ancient village, built by the Sinagua Indians, sits high above the Verde Valley in the side of a Limestone cliff. 

  • Location: Take the I-17 south to exit 289. Turn left and drive fro about a ½ mile, turn left on Montezuma Castle Road. 
  • Season/Hours: Labor Day-Memorial Day: open daily 8am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day: open daily 8am-6pm 
  • Cost: Adults (16 and up): $10, Children (under 16): free 
  • Services: restrooms, museum, and bookstore. 
  • Phone: (928) 567-3322

Montezuma’s Well
Discover this beautiful oasis in the desert and the ancient irrigation system built by the Sinagua Indians that has sustained life in the Verde Valley for thousands of years.

  • Location: Take Hwy 179 to I-17, drive south on I-17 and turn left at exit 293. Drive about four miles and follow the signs for Montezuma’s Well. 
  • Season/Hours: Labor Day-Memorial Day: open daily 8am-5pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day: open daily 8am-6pm 
  • Cost: There is no fee to visit the well. 
  • Services: Restrooms, trails, picnic area. 
  • Phone: (928) 567-4521

V Bar V Ranch:
V Bar V Ranch is one of the best sites to see well-preserved petroglyphs and rock art in the Southwest.

  • Location: From Sedona, take Hwy 179 to I-17 and continue straight under I-17. Drive east for about 2.8 miles until you come to the entrance the right. 
  • Season/Hours: open Friday-Monday 9:30am-3pm 
  • Cost: You must purchase a Red Rock Pass for $5 on site. 
  • Services: Restrooms, tours, visitor center, bookstore. 
  • Phone: (928) 282-3854

Other Heritage Sites & Indian Rock Art Resources

Sedona Historical Society and Heritage Museum

The Sedona Historical Society and Heritage Museum is dedicated to the work and lifestyle of the original pioneers in the local community.