To get to Honanki Heritage Site is a rather tedious drive, but an easy hike to interesting ruins. Photos by Cheryl Hartz
My family started the New Year with a visit to an ancient site: Honanki Heritage Site just south of Sedona, off Highway 89 - about 10 miles (or more) down a bumpy and sometimes rocky dirt road. There's no charge to see the ruins. Dogs are not allowed, though.
The Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council web site states: "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 trail around the pueblo is a three-quarter-mile loop, a little of it steep and rocky, but most is smooth sailing.
More from the web site: "Currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program, the site is open to the general public seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). Call the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-282-4119 or Palatki at 928-282-3854 before you go."
We just went, but since Pink Jeep Tours has a large presence there, it's not a bad idea to check - it can get crowded.
We plan to do more exploring off the forest service roads in this area, and try to get away from the motorbikes, quads and Jeep tours. It's gorgeous country.