Sedona Hiking to Honanki Heritage Site

Honanki Heritage Site is an ancient Native American cliff dwelling and rock art site located west/northwest of Sedona. This ancient site was occupied by the Sinagua from 1150-1300 A.D.. You can imagine the Sinagua living, hunting, farming and raising their families in this setting. The Honanki Site is mainly characterized by pictographs set in two alcoves. While most pictographs are from the Sinagua era (1150-3000 A.D.), some pictographs were found to pre-date this era as far back as 2000 B.C. Honanki Heritage Site is open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from 9:30am-5pm. No reservations are required but you will need a Red Rock Pass.

Honanki Heritage Site is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Sedona, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Indian Ruins and Rock Art

A good example of early Indian Life. Easy trail goes from the parking area to the ruins. The trail along the rock bluff provides an excellent view of the cliff dwellings.

With the backdrop of beautiful red-rock formations, it’s no wonder that people have been drawn to this region for millennia.

Just outside present-day Sedona, various American Indians visited the Verde Valley and left their mark. The first full-time settlers at Honanki were the Sinaqua, who built dwellings into the cliff face and hunted game and tended crops on the lush valley floor, between 1150 and 1300 A.D. Honanki was last inhabited between 1400 and 1875, by Yavapai and Apache people, who also contributed their pictographs.

A great place to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh air, the site has two trails for self-guided tours to explore the ruins as well as the surrounding pinon-juniper forest.