Note: I took pictures here, but somehow managed to lose them all (don't ask!) All pictures are those my backup cameraman took--good thing he came along!
The Palatki Heritage Site is actually two sites: the two-story-tall ruins of a Sinagua Cliff Dwelling and a collection of over 1,000 petroglyphs and pictographs carved and painted into the rock panels centuries ago.
There was a ranch here in the 1920s. While the ranch house was under construction, the rancher built a little shack under the cliffs near the rock art. Maybe he liked living near his own private gallery?
There are 2 trails: one leads to the rock art and the other to the cliff dwellings. We could get close to the artwork. I liked the pictographs that had been darkened to black from wood smoke.
We could only view the cliff dwellings from a trail ¼ mile away, using borrowed binoculars. Used to be you could walk right up to the ruins, but a crack developed at the top of the arch just above them a year ago. Works for me…There’s an interpreter at each site who shares the history, answers questions--and guards the area from souvenir hunters or wanna-be graffiti artists. (Definitely can't trust those tourists!) The guy at the cliff dwellings said the archeologist collected most of the artifacts and shipped them back to the Smithsonian, where they still remain packed in their wooden crates. (Apparently you can’t even trust the scientists.)
A few more pictures of Palatki HS here