Verde Valley’s History & Culture Lives

Prehistoric Indian cliff dwellings in Red Rock Country offer vivid evidence of habitation at least 1,500 years ago. According to archaeologists, the Sinagua (meaning “without water”) culture flourished in the Verde Valley from around 600 AD to 1400 AD. Around 1400 or shortly thereafter, the Sinagua abandoned the Verde Valley. They migrated to the east and then north over the course of several generations, eventually becoming part of the Hopi and other puebloan tribes in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Sometime near the end of the Sinagua occupation, the Yavapai and Apache moved into the valley. Their descendants still live here today.

Rock art is one of the legacies left behind by the Sinagua. Petroglyphs (pecked or scratched images) and pictographs (painted images) are found on rock panels throughout Red Rock Country. The true meaning of the rock art is unknown, but various interpretations exist. The rock art could be clan signs, spiritual messages, calendars, commemorations of events, or a combination of these.

 

Discover Verde Valley

Click on the following links for current open to the public sites across Verde Valley, Arizona.

Honanki Heritage Site

Cliff dwelling and rock art. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Take Hwy. 89A southwest of Sedona to Forest Road 525. Go southwest on Hwy. 89A 5 miles beyond the last traffic light in west Sedona. Turn right on FR 525, follow the signs for 10 miles (unpaved) to the entrance gate. High clearance vehicle recommended. Red Rock Pass required. No pets.

Fee $
(928) 282-4119
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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Cliff dwelling by Wet Beaver Creek. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take I-17 to Exit 289. Go past Cliff Castle Casino and turn north at sign.

Fee $
(928) 567-3322
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Montezuma Well National Monument

Limestone sinkhole, cliff dwellings, and lush oasis by Wet Beaver Creek. Take McGuireville/Rimrock Exit on I-17. Follow signs to monument. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free
(928) 567-3322
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Palatki Heritage Site

Cliff dwelling, rock art, and visitor center. Open 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Reservation required – call (928) 282-3854. Go southwest on Hwy. 89A 5 miles beyond the last traffic light in west Sedona. Turn right on FR 525, follow the signs for 6 miles and then take FR 795 for 1.5 miles to the entrance gate. No pets. Red Rock Pass required.

Fee $
(928) 282-3854
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Sedona Heritage Museum

Highlights the history of Sedona, its pioneers and settlers. Historic buildings, trails and views. Located in uptown Sedona at 735 Jordan Road.

Fee $
(928) 282-7038
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Tuzigoot National Monument

Partially restored Indian pueblo and museum. Located in Cottonwood. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fee $
(928) 634-5564
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V Bar V Heritage Site

Rock art site and visitor center on the banks of Wet Beaver Creek. Open 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only. From Sedona, take Exit 298 off I-17, the FR 618 south and follow the signs for 2 miles to the entrance gate. No pets. Red Rock Pass required. Groups over 14 people must have reservations.

Fee $
(928) 592-0998
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Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Exhibits on the Sinagua culture, including rock art and pottery, an introduction to archaeological research, and a display prepared by the Yavapai-Apache Nation.  Located in Camp Verde. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Free
928-567-0066
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