Untouched Cliff Dwelling Ruins in West Sedona's Long Canyon -

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West Sedona's Long Canyon Cliff Dwelling Ruins

Aerial View

West Sedona Ruins

As you can see by the first picture, these ruins would be easy to miss. Very few people other than aerial tours have seen these ruins. The aerial view above has been enlarged to see the entire ruins. 

Sedona - Surrounded By Native American Ruins

The history of the Native Americans who left their mark on Sedona and the Verde Valley, goes deep into pre-history and most of the historical accounting leaves a lot to conjecture.

The Ancient People


The Anasazi and Sinagua people were nomadic and inhabited the entire region. We know that because there is evidence all around us. Unfortunately, the nomadic nature of the tribes generates much doubt as to what has happened. However, they went from living in pit houses clustered together in basic agricultural communities to sophisticated cliff dwelling structures with elaborate agricultural systems.  

The tribes of Arizona include: Hopi, Navajo, Yavapai and Apache. All of these tribes have intermingled in our Sedona area. It should be noted that natural areas such as the Grand Canyon cut off areas of migration of the tribes north and south. 

The Yavapai Nation

The interpretation of the wordHIking Jordan Trail "Yavapai" is people of the sun. They were considered the first people of Sedona. Their history is also not well documented before the 1800's.


But if you hike a lot, you will find evidence all around that points to the history of the area. Arrowheads, bits of broken pottery and stones used to sharpen rudimentary tools can be found in washes. Besides my experience, I have hiked with my son, who is an avid hiker and guide. He has found untouched areas of ruins, many in fact. He leaves these sites as he finds them out of respect for past civilizations.  In the picture above, I am in the middle of the pic and my son is checking to see if he found an artifact. 

Rick and I have been "up close and personal" with at least seven Heritage Sites possibly more, in Northern AZ. Four of those are in the Sedona area. 

More Long Canyon Cliff Dwelling Images

West Sedona Long Cyn Cliff Dwelling

Close Up

Same Dwelling - Slightly Different Angle


West Sedona Long Cyn Cliff Dwelling

Notice The Striations Above

In the future I will take some pics that show "energy" lines. Thought by some to point directly to areas of high energy intake. The weird or interesting point is that the line angle changes as you adjust your location on the rock and continue to point to the same formation even if you move hundreds of feet away... I will key in on the rock formation "Cockscomb". That is for another time with less tourism!





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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Sheri awesome article on Sedona & Long Canyon Cliff Dwelling Area.  We too have visited many of these areas and it's always a site to behold and a wonderful experience as well.

Nov 09, 2017 12:46 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I've always been fascinated by the cliff dwelling that exist in your part of the country.  I remember visiting Mesa Verde (In South West Colorado) in the 1960s.  My imagination went wild.

Nov 09, 2017 01:23 PM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Those phtoes are so awesome.  Like Myrl Jeffcoat , this reminded me of the Mesa Verde...I hope we get to see these one of these days.  A

Nov 09, 2017 03:08 PM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, stunning pictures, you live in a beautiful place. I hope to visit one day soon. 

Nov 09, 2017 03:35 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri- this is amazing!  This area is so rich in history and we know so little about it. 

Nov 09, 2017 05:21 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The cliff Dwelling ruins in West Sedona Arizona is a step back into history.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 09, 2017 08:02 PM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This is a very interesting story. For years we ordered beans from the Anasazi tribe. They are a cross between a pinto and a couple of other kinds. Very tasty.

Nov 09, 2017 08:17 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sheri.

Now that is something my wife and I would like to see, up close and personal. 

Nov 10, 2017 02:21 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheri, these photos are spectacular. Your area is so beautiful and one I hope to visit at some point. 

Nov 10, 2017 04:17 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sherri - that is really exciting.  What a great experience to live among this rich history and see these artifacts.

Nov 10, 2017 05:15 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing this history and your beautiful photographs.

Nov 10, 2017 05:36 AM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Sheri.  I love seeing this and have read some of the histories of these indigenous people.

Nov 10, 2017 05:42 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have visited these types of ruins in New Mexico and one in particular was an enter at your own risk without any park supervision. It really brought this type of living home to me.

Nov 10, 2017 05:53 AM #13
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, stunning photos, and love looking at ruins.  Have not been to Sedona, so should visit to see up close and personal.

Nov 10, 2017 07:22 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We both would love to explore those ruins one day. We'll get there eventually, I'm sure of it. Thanks for sharing the amazing treasures of Sedona. 

Nov 10, 2017 07:24 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Sheri

That is so cool. I was not aware that there were ruins in Sedona. The history is so interesting, even though some of it might be conjecture. Makes me want to come back for a visit!


Nov 11, 2017 08:28 PM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sheri, I SOOOOOOO love this post! Am completely enamored with Native American tribes throughout the US and find it totally wonderful that your son chose to respect the areas he discovered by leaving them as is. Have you read any of the books about Edward Curtis, the famous photographer? Short Nights of the Shadowcatcher (short title), a bio by Timothy Egan is absolutely marvelous. As a photographer, anthropologist, naturalist, OMG, he was such a marvelously talented and  multi-faceted man! 

I hope that you will check it out. My favorite bookstore, Powell's City of Books has numerous copies if you get a hankering. : Edward Curtis

Nov 12, 2017 04:19 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Such great local eye candy...the essence of the area has been captured in this focus !

Jan 24, 2018 05:12 AM #18
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