Honanki Heritage Site | Visit Sedona

Honanki Heritage Site

Discover one of the largest cliff dwellings in Red Rock Country inhabited by the Sinagua, between AD 1150 and 1350.

Address: 11450 N Loy Butte Rd, Sedona, Ariz.

Honanki Heritage Site was once home to the Sinagua people. The site features a number of well-preserved cliff dwellings and rock art that showcase the culture and daily life of these ancient people. Visitors can explore the site on their own or take a guided tour to learn more about the history and significance of Honanki.

"Honanki" means "Bear House" in Hopi. The Sinagua, ancestors of the Hopi, lived here 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 dwellings were built into the canyon walls, and are well hidden. Archeologists estimate that the rock art of pictographs and petroglyphs dates back to as early as 5000 BC.

Tip: Forest Rd 525 is unpaved and could be a bumpy ride for a car. 4x4 is recommended. Red Rock Pass required. No pets, please. Hours vary. Call: 928.203.2900

Directions from Visitor Center: Take Forest Rd. Right on N SR 89A. At the traffic circle, stay on SR 89A for 9.6 mi. Turn right onto Forest 525/Loy Butte Rd for 6 mi. Turn left onto Forest 525 Rd/Loy Butte Rd 1.2 mi. Turn right to stay on Forest 525 Rd. 3.1 mi. The destination will be on the right.