Palatki Heritage Site

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=55368&actid=119

A little tiny dot on the map on the west side of Sedona has a great little stop. The site has petroglyph along a rock face, a small shelter built on to the cliff face and a cliff dwelling.   If you have purchased a Red Rock Pass, it works here too.  (Seriously, $15 a week good for about everything that charges to get in. A tourist can’t beat this).  They close at 3:00pm.  The gateman will let you out after 3:00.

The road in is graciously called “Primitive”.  Gravel roads have..Gravel.  This has mud, gravel and rock.  A car will make the trip.   But even in a SUV,is not smooth.   One more thing..

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Yes, the sign is correct.  And they don’t look both ways before they cross..

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But we are here for petroglyph and other things.  Of course, I missed the last tour to the cliff dwelling.   The petroglyph come with a guide.  You check in at a house at the bottom of the hill.   They animus announce your presence.   And you walk about a 1/4 mile.

Don’t touch the artifacts they are heavily guarded!

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The story boards include long time favorites like Kokopelli, zigzag lines, and a creation myth.

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Blythe Intaglios

The American version of Nazca Lines.  Three easily accessed figures are located off of US95, fifteen miles north of Blythe, California.   The following is a photo gallery of the area around the Intaglios.

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First off all this is the only sign you may see.   There’s are two small white signs with brown print warning of the turn off, but you won’t see them the first time.  

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Fall brings storms.   You’re open in the desert.   Heavy rains bring flash floods in the arroyos (dry creek beds).  The roads are gravel here and only passable for the first mile without four wheel drive.

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The wall behind is twenty high.   This creek cut that far bank.  It can be half mile of water twenty feet deep moving fast.

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Above is the view the builders never had.   These ancient figures are st least 3000 years old. They are fenced in. So pictures are hard to make look good.   But the views are staggering.

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Best view right from parking lot

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The walk around a figure one hundred feet tall and over sixty feet wide. They are made from removing the desert surface and leaving an outline of the figures. There are no vantage points to coordinate their construction.

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View showing the fence

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The desert does give gifts.  The rainbow had a faint double above it.   The views are on the fifty miles each way scale.

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One of the figures has extra features.   Concentric rings by the left arm and a line through the waist.   Although both male figures (no obvious reason for male) are called the creator.

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The third figure is animal.  No idea is given for it.  There were no cattle, no horses, and no elk near this area.   Other objects not seen here include rabbits, more people,  and snakes. I have not seen just read about them.

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Monument Valley

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Western Mitten

Isolated in a distant corner of Utah and Arizona lies a place straight out of the
movies.  It can’t be real. Can it? Tables of rocks, spires of stone rise from a barren landscape.  Colors of red and orange mix with tan and grey, light dances through a spectrum of color during the day. 

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Not Even in the Park Yet. This is Mesa.

Blues of deep hang in the sky.  Pale white clouds wisp above.   Greens hang on to life.   Scrub plants mix with hardy evergreens.  Flowers briefly pop up.   The crayon box spoils out across the landscape.  Red rocks in brick red, rusty red, crimson red.

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This is a Spire.

The Navajo Tribal Park is almost five hours from Phoenix. Its $20 entrance fee covers up to four people. The area is remote. The Views Inn offers rooms and cabins starting at $200 per night, expect to pay more during spring through early fall. Nearest city is Kayenta, AZ with accommodations in the $125-$160 range year around.

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Dont bring a Mustang here!

The drive is fifteen miles of soft sand and rough road. A car will make it. You’ll be here five hours plus. Get the all wheel drive SUV if possible. Although, the above is not AWD it made for a much better day. Make sure you fill up at Kayenta, or Bluff, UT to the North. Its a lot of work getting around very slowly.

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There are private land holdings here!

There are plenty of tours available if you want to ride in open air trucks. They start at $75 per person, and will take you places the general public can’t see on the loop road. This is private and park land. Respect the fences and private drives. Some of these horse trails with horseback opportunities that are offered inside. Prices are not displayed within the Valley.

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Camel Rock

Look up. It’s not hard to do. But when you get inside the views of the same rocks change with the angle of view. If you get a deep blue sky, you’ll kill more than one camera. I killed two with clouds! Plan for this. Plan for water. They sell it at visitors center. A liter is a start. Two people per liter gets you by. Take a sports drink, iced tea, avoid pop (soda) images you have more water. You are in the desert.

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The Three Sisters

The place has spiritual significance to the Navajo. Stop and learn at visitors center. They have a historical museum, gift shop, restaurant, and hotel. Normal souvenirs mix with some “handmade” objects.

The restaurant served dinner at 5. If you don’t stay there, They will only serve you until 7. Hotel patrons are served until 9.

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Some objects are road side
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A wet year gets you green. This isn't normal