Sedona: Palatki, Broken Arrow Trail, Lower Chimney Rock Trail
Ever since our trip to Machu Picchu, we’ve been interested in visiting sites where ancient people lived. Palatki is just a few miles outside of Sedona, so we stopped off on Thursday for a visit. There’s no indication as you drive up that there are remains of a little village in the cliffs.
You’ve got to walk down a little path and then up a few stairs to see the first site. It’s not a hard trip – don’t be worried.
Here we go. I believe they said about 40 people would have lived in this little section. It’s difficult to see, but this actually was a multi-story complex.
In this next photo, we’ve walked along the cliff and have come to a section that doesn’t appear to have had a permanent settlement. Instead, it looks like a campsite and deliberate art installation. You’ll see details in a moment.
There, see in the bottom left-hand corner, the little girl with the crazy hair? That’s how Hopi women wore (and I think wear?) their hair for a wedding.
This squiggle is a snake. They can wiggle between worlds by going through the rock.
These drawings weren’t actually black. They were white like the ones above, but then when campfires were built underneath them over and over, the paint absorbed the soot and became black.
Bottom left is a symbol for Venus (the star, not the Roman goddess).
This is a little “house” built by the first white settler in the area. I think it’s a re-creation. But you can see he didn’t need a roof because the cliff wall shunts the rain away. He just put that chicken wire up at the top to keep out “flying things” (our tour guide quoted there).
The guide told us this giant formation was considered “vary sacred” and left it at that. I muttered, “That’s because it’s totally vaginal.” Yen said, “Yup.” Glad I’m not the only one.
Here’s our guide showing how paint was made. You scrape off bits of a certain stone, then make a paint brush out of a stem.
And then he drew a snake on this patient lady.
There were hummingbird feeders by the visitor center, so naturally Yen stopped.
After Palatki, we headed over to the Broken Arrow Trail. We really loved this one.
Hm. You can’t really see in this photo how curious these little swirl formations are.
Our hike was paralleled by a Jeep trail. And on the Jeep trail, constantly, were Pink Jeep Tours containing screaming Japanese tourists. I’m sure they were having a great time, but I was awfully annoyed to be in such a peaceful place and to have it filled with screaming.
See how innocently I’m trying to enjoy myself?
At last we came to our destination, Chicken Point. What a silly name for such a big place. See in the middle, slightly to the right, that little lump on the rock? That’s me!
Here. I’ll stand up so you can see me better.
We finished the day with a little sunset loop around Lower Chimney Rock.