Ancient Ruins Tour

ANCIENT RUINS TOUR

TOUR TIME:  Approx. 3 hours

PRICE: $95.00 per adult, $86.00 per child (ages 1.5 to 12 years)

Price does not include tax. 15% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Knowledgeable and friendly Professional Tour Guide
  • The iconic, custom-built, open-air pink Jeep® Wrangler
  • Archaeological adventure!
  • Visit the Honanki Heritage Site – a 700-year-old Sinaguan cliff dwelling
  • Your guide will navigate you through the history of this coveted Sinaguan site and explain the hidden meaning found in the rock art
  • Located 16 miles west of town, travel through Boynton Canyon, past Thunder Mountain, Lizard Head Rock, Cocks Comb and Chimney Rock
  • Spend 30-40 minutes on the ¾ mile walk through the ruins and see the pictographs and petroglyphs up close
  • Your guide offers a wealth of information at the dwelling including Native American history, geology, plant life, southwest animals, and other interesting facts about the Sedona area.
  • Stunning canyon views

U.S. Forest Service Permitted Company – Coconino National Forest

Tour Description:

Travel back in time on the Ancient Ruins Tour and uncover the mystery of the Sinagua. This tour takes you on a fascinating archaeological adventure through a Native American cliff dwelling built in the 12th Century AD.

People have called Red Rock Country home for thousands of years, from the earliest big game hunters to the most recent Western Yavapai and Tonto Apache Tribes, who still live here today. Of course, the most prominent culture to live among the Red Rocks was the Southern Sinagua (pronounced seen-A-wuh), who lived in this area from around 600 AD until the early 1400’s. They were pueblo farmers who grew an abundance of corn, beans, squash, and cotton, in this relatively dry environment. The name Sinagua was given to them by Dr. Harold Colton, founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona, who studied ruin sites in the region. The name Sinagua was derived from the Spanish words sin (without) and agua (water) which came from the early Spanish, who called the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagtaff, the Sierra Sin Agua or “Mountains Without Water.” Dr. Colton, impressed with this pueblo culture’s dry farming ability, believed the name Sinagua was appropriate.

Join Pink Jeep Tours as we uncover the mystery while exploring the history of the Sinagua at the Honanki Heritage Site. While at Honanki, you’ll have plenty of time to marvel at the ruins. Hear what the name Honanki means in the Hopi language. You will learn about dry farming techniques and survival strategies that made the Sinagua successful in this dry environment. Discover why these people built their homes in the recesses of the rock formations. Find out what daily life may have been like in these cliff castles. Marvel at the rock art on site, from petroglyphs and pictographs of the ancients to historic inscription left by early pioneers over 100 years ago. Your guide will also uncover the mystery about these people who “just disappeared” over 700 years ago. We may not know everything about the Sinagua, but your Pink Jeep Tours guide will present what archeologists have uncovered about them along with myths and legends of modern Native American Cultures.

Come explore and discover Honanki on the Ancient Ruin Tour. Your adventure will begin in Sedona, inside a custom-built, open-air pink Jeep Wrangler vehicle. Your guide is an expert driver and trained interpreter ready to share stories and little-known facts about Sedona’s history, geology, and flora and fauna. Some of the oldest houses are here in the Southwest. Come gather a stronger grasp on the Southwest’s past the fun and exciting way on this Pink Jeep Tours’ archeological adventure.

*Please note: During the Ancient Ruins Tour, you will explore the site by foot. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the ¾-mile (1.2km) walk.

★★★★★

The tour was great fun and adventurous. We saw exciting Indian ruins and artifacts up close. In addition, the walking was not strenuous or dangerous and the ride was not too rough or scary. I recommend this tour for first timers or those seeking a less rigorous ride during the tour.

Maria, 12 Mar 2017
★★★★★

Kyle was an amazing tour guide. He was a wealth of information. My wife and I were celebrating or 30th Anniversary on the day we took the tour and this was an amazing way to end the day. My wife is a bit timid when out hiking but she had a blast on this tour. Kyle made her feel safe the whole tour. We would highly recommend Pink Jeep Tours to all my friends and family.

Wesley, 12 Mar 2017
★★★★★

Loved it would do it again

George, 11 Mar 2017
★★★★★

Duff was funny and informative. He took a joke as well as he gave one. We learned a lot

Bill, 07 Mar 2017
★★★★★

We loved the ancient ruins tour. We learned so much and Todd made the tour fun, even with the cold and rainy weather.

Sue, 05 Mar 2017
★★★★★

We learned so much, more than we expected. The pictographs reminded me of the tombs my husband and I saw in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.. Mike Carey was fantastic but I especially appreciated how much he helped my sister who had recently injured her knee. He took e xtra time and also helped her walk down the rocks which was difficult for her due to her injury. He's very knowledgeable and so very entertaining. A great combination!

Lois, 02 Mar 2017
★★★★★

We had a great time. Thoroughly enjoyed Dan and the whole tour

Kitty, 02 Mar 2017
★★★★★

Perfect. Exactly what we were looking for. We recently moved to Arizona from Michigan and we had out of state family visiting too. We wanted to show them Sedona. We loved the tour, the scenery, the information. It was more than just red rocks. It involved the plants (I learned more about edible varieties too), animals and amazing history. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!

Saralyn, 26 Feb 2017
★★★★★

Mark went above and beyond recommending some great hikes which would meet our abilities and interests.

George, 25 Feb 2017
★★★★★

It was fascinating to see all the pictographs and imagine how the ancient people may have lived and survived in these conditions. We can learn a lot from their resourcefulness. Thanks for such a comprehensive and enjoyable tour!

Cheryl, 23 Feb 2017
★★★★★

We enjoyed it very much.

Cheryl, 23 Feb 2017
★★★★★

Very educational and entertaining. Fascinating subject matter well presented

Wayne, 22 Feb 2017
★★★★★

phenomenal and want to do it again!

Earlyn, 19 Feb 2017
★★★★★

Extremely educational and fun at the same time.

John, 19 Feb 2017
★★★★★

Perfect time frame and felt like I really got to see something out of the way that I would have never done on my own!

Anne, 19 Feb 2017
★★★★★

I enjoyed it thoroughly. Our guide was awesome!

Jennifer, 18 Feb 2017
★★★★★

Loved it

Bernardine, 17 Feb 2017
★★★★★

The very best tour we have been on in the South west. Thank you

Gwyn, 17 Feb 2017
★★★★★

Was amazing!!

Mona, 17 Feb 2017
★★★★★

It was fantastic! Michael was fun, knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The ruins were very interesting. Thank you Pink Jeep for a delightful trip ❤

Nancy, 16 Feb 2017