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Best Educational Activities in Sedona

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Palatki Heritage Site

The Palatki Ruins, which are believed to have been occupied from 1130 to 1280, are located northwest of Sedona, Arizona. Known for the pueblos carved into the sandstone cliffs, these ruins also contain several sets of ancient pictographs and petroglyphs, which are estimated to be between 3,000 and 6,000 years old. One of Sedona's largest ruins, Palatki, which translates to 'red house' in the Hopi language, consists of two separate pueblo dwellings. The existence of dual pueblos suggests that two different family groups inhabited the area simultaneously. There are several other ruins nearby, including Honanki and Tuzigoot, which is located in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Sedona, AZ, United States
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Montezuma Well

Created by underground springs, this limestone sinkhole near Montezuma's Castle was once a large underground cavern. Now a natural well surrounded by Indian cliff dwellings, it is home to plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world. Warm underground springs maintain an unusually stable habitat in the well. Prehistoric farmers utilized this well for crop irrigation. Note that the address given above is for Montezuma's Castle; the well is located northeast of the castle. The 1/3-mile walkway is not recommended for wheelchairs.

Rimrock, AZ, United States
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Tuzigoot National Monument

View the ruins of a once prosperous agrarian civilization from atop a high ridge. The people who lived here, the Sinagua, cultivated this land from about 1100-1400 A.D. Originally consisting of approximately 110 rooms, the structure at one time sported three stories in places. Investigate the visitor's center, then follow interpretive trails—walk the paths of a strong and persistent people. The monument is located about 20 miles southwest of Sedona off highway 89A in Clarkdale. Admission is USD3 per person, cash only. Other ancient ruins nearby include Montezuma's Castle and Well.

Clarkdale, AZ, United States
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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Visit the ruins of a once-prosperous community of the ancient Sinagua. One of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, the Montezuma's Castle boasts five stories and 20 rooms. Inhabited more than 600 years ago, much of the building is still intact. The best time of the year to visit is December and January. Binoculars would be beneficial for a closer view. Walkways are provided and are wheelchair-accessible. Check website for further details.

Rimrock, AZ, United States
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