One of my most listened to episodes is the Wanderings episode on Bradshaw Ranch. You can listen to it below:
I spent a good deal of time in Sedona and I look forward to going back again. Every day I learned something new, connected with something new from nature or history and met someone new.
In this episode I discuss a lot of the history surrounding the Bradshaw Ranch. But what I wasn't able to share at the time was the opportunity I had to visit the ranch.
Below are some of the photos from the ranch, unedited.
Below I've included a transcript of a good portion of the podcast that specifically relates to the Bradshaw Ranch...Resources are included in the podcast description.
We ventured to Sedona, completely unaware of the mysteries of the missing, legends of UFOs, bigfoot, even dinosaur sightings. In fact, we came here strictly for hiking amongst the amazing views and visiting these so-called vortexes. We found a few amazing campsites in the Coconino National Forest, off Loy Butte Rd or FR 525. This road goes back for miles and miles and takes you to the Palatki and Honanki Ruins
Honanki was one of the largest prehistoric pueblos in the Verde Valley. The site was first studied by Jesse Walter Fewkes of the Smithsonian Institute between 1895 and 1911. Fewkes dubbed the site Honanki which means Bear House in the Hopi Language. Honanki hosts quite a few pictographs and some of them seem to be dated before the caves were actually inhabited all the way back to 2000 BCE. There are also more recent pictographs from the Sinagua people from 900 to 1300 CE. And later were inhabited by the Yavapai and Apache people with pictographs dating between 1400 and 1875 CE. We visited the Honanki Ruins and took in the ancient dwellings and art. There were drawings depicting hunting, rituals, something that looked to be of an eclipse, there was even a drawing of what looked like a portal with a large being that strangely resembled a Bigfoot creature. Upon further research, I found that people have actually had Bigfoot sightings and found tracks that looked like that of Bigfoot or a very large creature, nearby the ruins and just a few miles down the road at Bradshaw Ranch.
I learned that Bradshaw Ranch was less than a mile away from where we were camping. Kris had actually mentioned it to me a few times in passing, himself not knowing the crazy history behind it. Just that there was an old abandoned ranch. So Nova and I took a walk to scope it out and upon arriving at the end of the road I ran into three older gentlemen who were more than happy to give me the lore