Ancient Ruin / Diamondback Gulch Combo
DEPARTS Sedona, AZ
Archaeological Adventure & Ancient History in Sedona
- Combine an archeological experience with a back-road trail expedition
- Take a steep descent into Diamondback Gulch, a ravine created eons ago
- Enjoy glimpses of Arizona’s ranching past, where cattle roamed the landscape
- Visit the Honanki Heritage site, 700-year-old cliff dwellings created by the Sinagua people
- Get an exclusive guided adventure that is only available from Pink Jeep® Tours
- View centuries-old pictographs and petroglyphs
- See an active archeological dig site
- Hear the legends and myths that surround the ruins and people who lived there
- Walk to a destination where early Arizonans lived, worked and played
No children under 2 permitted on this tour.
This journey through Arizona’s history blends indigenous heritage with a rugged off-road ride. The Ancient Ruins and Diamondback Gulch Combo Tour is a remarkable adventure with both an exciting 4x4 trek and an up-close look at a time when the Sinagua people called this area home.
Your Certified Interpretive Guide will meet you at the Pink Jeep Tour Plaza in Sedona. You’ll climb aboard a custom-built, open-air Pink Jeep Wranglers and settle in for a true Arizona experience. Wear comfortable shoes, as there is a 30-40 minute walk to reach the Honanki Heritage site once you arrive at the Ancient Ruins site.
To start the tour, your local guide will take you past Sedona’s most iconic red-rock formations. After arriving in the Coconino National Forest, head down the remote Greasy Spoon trail. This section of an original wagon route between Sedona and Prescott dates back to a time before Arizona was a state. Continue on to Sidewinder Trail and see how the rocky terrain falls into Diamondback Gulch—a deep ravine that slices through the land. Hold on while your guide expertly navigates the steep descent and climbs out again.
Then it’s on to Ancient Ruin, where you’ll be immersed in the mystery of the Sinagua people. You’ll see primitive remnants where they lived and worked from 600 AD until the 1400s. Little is known about the Sinagua, but pictographs and petroglyphs offer a glimpse into their history.
Explore the Honanki Heritage site, a 700-year-old cliff dwelling where the Sinagua made their home. Learn how they farmed and hunted, their complicated trading system with other tribes—and how they suddenly vanished in the early 1400s. Although it’s still an active archeological site, enigmas surrounding the Sinagua have yet to be solved.
At the end of the tour you’ll journey back through the forest to Sedona, where Arizona’s rich history lives on. No matter where your next Pink Jeep Tour takes you, you’ll never forget the excitement of climbing the red rock trails and the mystique of the Sinaguan civilization.
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Following are real guest reviews, voluntarily submitted and unedited.
Very informative. Fun. Lucian knows a lot about native american history and the area. He has spoken with others that are experts on the topic and shared many facts.
Excellent. Would want Vince as our guide. His passion for what he does was an extra bonus. We truly got more than we paid for.
Excellent! Great time!
Absolutely amazing! Vince our tour guide was fun, informative and passionate about history which made the jeep tour more than just a jeep ride.
The tour was great. Beautiful scenery. We did the diamond back and ancient ruins, it was so cool to see how they lived in those days. The hero graphics on the walls left by the Indians was very cool to see. The hike was a very easy hike back to the ruins. Steve Sovich was our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the scenery and the ancient ruins. We asked questions and he answered them. He cares and respects the environment He went as far as stopping along the road and picked up trash that fell out of someone’s Jeep or off road vehicle. Our group would recommend Steve Sovich as a tour guide.
Bill was really great. Bill wasVery sensitive to the physical needs of the group. We had a diverse group politically. I think there could be more cultural sensitivity. Don’t tell any jokes about a vegetarian Apache person. Cultural Appropriation was not appreciated. This type of understanding would take a lot of training and diversity equity and inclusion professional development . I think it’s really important that Pink Jeep provides this training as a leader in the industry. Bill was a wonderful guide and human being. We felt safe and cared for.
Fun fun sooooooo informative
Paula , 2022
Great tour and guide
Way more fun than I expected especially the gultch portion
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