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.

★★★★★

I think it was great we only had 6 people on our broken arrow tour and five people on the ancient ruins tour, and it made it very nice to be able to ask questions and hear everything that the tour guide was saying.

Laura, 22 Apr 2017
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Ancient Ruins tour was interesting and fun. David did a great job! He was very informative and easy to talk with. We needed a gentle ride tour and this one worked out great. Great tour!

Matt, 22 Apr 2017
★★★★★

great tour our second time on this specific tour

Scott, 21 Apr 2017
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Great tour! Brandon was so knowledgeable, funny, and enthusiastic. It seemed like he had been giving tours for years. Would request him again in the future. The ruins site was stunning and it made such a difference to have a knowledgeable narration from an experienced guide to appreciate the nuances of the art and architecture. Thank you!

Krin, 21 Apr 2017
★★★★

Tour was great. Todd was a joy to be around and a wonderful guide. He knew everything we asked of him and much more.

Eren, 20 Apr 2017
★★★★★

the tour was phenomenal. Patti was engaging, informed and passionate about sharing her knowledge and the living of the ancient ruin experience. it (the ruin experience) came alive.

Barb, 20 Apr 2017
★★★★★

The tour was delightful, made even better by David. He was knowledgeable, helpful and patient. I also liked his haircut. We would definitely recommend this tour

Mark, 19 Apr 2017
★★★★★

The tour was very interesting. We were eager to learn more about the history of the Sedona area, the Native Americans who lived there and the geology. We were not disappointed. Laura was extremely knowledgeable and even had a book of old photographs which helped to bring the history more to life. My husband and I got a lot out of the tour and felt we learned much more than we would have had we traveled to the Hopi ruins on our own.

Pat, 17 Apr 2017
★★★★★

We loved the ancient ruins tours and our tour guide Phillip. He had a great deal of knowledge to share and initiated some spirited discussions within the group. This was our second time with Pink Jeep. Our first tour was to the Grand Canyon. We'll be back. Bunny Hull

Bunny, 16 Apr 2017
★★★★★

Loved everything about it. Tom could interact with the 11 year old and the 70 year old. He had everyone laughing . He made it easy for a sandal wearer to navigate the trails. His knowledge of the ancient ruins was amazing. Highly recommend this!!!

Joan, 15 Apr 2017
★★★★★

Delightful. Educational. Personal.

Wahneta, 15 Apr 2017
★★★★★

Great tour. Brandon was terrific.

Richard, 15 Apr 2017
★★★★★

Informative and entertaining

Mike, 15 Apr 2017
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Patty did a marvelous job. Here background as a teacher really comes through. She did a great job interpreting and explaining tke ruins, and also is very knowledgeable about the plants and animals as well as the ancient residents of the area.

Douglas, 10 Apr 2017
★★★★★

This was an all in experience and our tour guide Doug was a big part of it. I am a terrible passenger and he made me feel comfortable. He was engaging, entertaining and helped make our whole trip a better experience.

Courtney, 10 Apr 2017
★★★★★

Loved the adventurous pink jeep as well as the sense of humor and the trivia our tour guide shared.

Kristin, 09 Apr 2017
★★★★★

The tour was great. I think the key was the tour guide and that he had us introduce ourselves from the beginning so it was a very friendly atmosphere.

Pam, 09 Apr 2017
★★★★★

It was enjoyable, informative and exciting!

James, 07 Apr 2017
★★★★★

I really enjoyed this tour and would take additional tours through Pink Jeep. David Hamel was great - he was humorous, engaging and willing to share his knowledge and observations with confidence and ease. While we were a small group - he was attentive to all of our party. Thanks

Candi, 06 Apr 2017
★★★★★

The tour was fantastic! Our 3 sons - ages 10, 8, 6 - loved it. David did an awesome job engaging them and treating them like part of the group, he told stories and shared history and details that were not only interesting to the adults, but also accessible and engaging for the kids. This was a highlight of our trip - we only had a day to spend in Sedona, and we're glad we took advantage of the Ancient Ruins tour as the centerpiece of our day.

Heather, 03 Apr 2017

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