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
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.
Renee was amazing. I absolutely loved her spirit and enthusiasm. She was totally in touch with us and the content of the tour. She definitely knew her way around and I’m very happy we got her as our guide.
The tour was great! Our guide did a great job of explaining the scenery and the history of the area. He made the trip extra enjoyable and I came away with a better appreciation for the landscape and history of greater-Sedona.
The Ancient Ruin Tour was great!! our guide was so informative. The Diamondback Gulch was nIce but not as but not as wonderful as the Ruin Tour
The tour was everything we hoped it would be. Stephen is a wonderful guide. He has a broad wealth of knowledge about the geology field the area, about cacti and the ancient ruins. He was attentive and intuitive to our needs and comfort.
Michael was beyond informative. I felt like I was on a PBS tour of the sites, and he was clearly an expert on all we saw. I took notes and intend to contact him for more information. We got the best!
Geoff was great and his knowledge and passion about Sedona was readily evident. He couldn’t have been any better! We would do again!
The headset that our guide used was really great. I was in the back and could hear perfectly
I'd love to have spent more time at the ruins because it was so fascinating
Awesome!! I will take another one the next time I am in Sedona.