Ancient Ruin Tour

ANCIENT RUINS TOUR

TOUR TIME:  Approx. 3 hours

PRICE: $85.00 per adult, $72.25 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.

★★★★★

Loved it. The fact that you could get up close right next to the ancient ruins was awesome. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative and pointed out many interesting drawings and symbols. The weather was perfect so it was a fantastic day!

Meredith, 21 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Awesome!

Matthew, 20 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Awesome and a great blend of information

Connie, 19 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Great for the first timers and wonderful for the ones that just want to relax.

Daniel, 18 Nov 2016
★★★★★

it was fun never be on a tour like that.

Jesse, 15 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Outstanding. When we come back to Sedona again, we will definitely take another tour with you.

Steven, 15 Nov 2016
★★★★★

we loved visiting the site, and appreciated all the information that we learned. I'm sorry I can't remember for sure, the guide's name... maybe Jim? He was informative, clearly cared about the culture, and also balanced what we really know with what we think we know now. - he quoted a Hopi as saying, "this is my truth at this time," which we really resonated to. Loved that he shared what he knew, but was upfront about what is not known.

Leslie, 14 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Spectacular and informative! Awesome to stand where others lived before us so very long ago.... Would I be able to thrive? Would anything material survive to say I had been here? I'm not so sure.... Did I leave with more respect for those people and the natural word? You bet!

Barbara, 14 Nov 2016
★★★★★

So much fun

Julia, 14 Nov 2016
★★★★★

I can't say enough about how great the tour was! My husband and I were celebrating our 8th anniversary and we happened to be on the same Jeep as two other couples also celebrating anniversaries. Mike made it so fun and informative for all of us. He went above and beyond just being a tour guide and took an interest in who we all were and where we were from. It is clear that he loves his job and that really made it exciting. He made us feel so comfortable, as if we were in...

Adria, 13 Nov 2016
★★★★★

It was fun, unique, and educating. I'm a local sedona resident and learned more about the area I live in and was intrigued the whole time! Patty was so fun and fit perfectly with my group.

Cheynna, 13 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Tour meeting place was easy to find and hand plenty of room to wait with a beautiful view.

David, 13 Nov 2016
★★★★

Beautiful day and views. Loved hearing the history and about the geology. Liked the new laser tools. Made it easy to see what Jeff was talking about for the petroglyphs.

Suzanne, 12 Nov 2016
★★★★★

The tour was everything and more than I expected. I've done two Sedona pink keep tours and know that I will do another one.

Teresa, 12 Nov 2016
★★★★★

The tour covered more than just the Indians of the area but reached back thousands of years with information.

Steve, 11 Nov 2016
★★★★

Good time

Jim, 11 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Had a GREAT time! My family and I were completely satisfied. Don was engaging, witty and well versed in his subject. He readily engaged my son, a 21 year old history and archaeology student. They had a great time complimenting each others input.

Patrick, 07 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Fascinating history and scenery

Jack, 06 Nov 2016
★★★★★

It was very interstesting and a very learning and history experience. I really enjoyed. This was my first time taking the Pink Jeep Tour.

Crystal, 05 Nov 2016
★★★★★

Awesome. and Brian so knowledgeable and lots of great history.

Jodie, 05 Nov 2016