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Puye Cliff Dwellings

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Address: Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
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+1 888-320-5008
18:00 - 22:00
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour...

The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.

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Wonderful experience!

We took the mesa top tour led by Elijah and it was a wonderful and thrilling experience. It is only 45 minutes or so from santa fe and the drive up is increasingly gorgeous as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
Bonita J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We took the mesa top tour led by Elijah and it was a wonderful and thrilling experience. It is only 45 minutes or so from santa fe and the drive up is increasingly gorgeous as you go. We loved the history and culture we learned about, the beautiful scenery, and the climb down the cliffs that was a little scary... More 

1 Thank Bonita J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I found Puye by accident and signed up for a guided tour. Our native guide drove us up to the top of the cliffs in a van to tour the original dwellings. We hiked down to the welcome center at the base of the cliffs. The guide was fantastic she was very knowledgeable able the known history and lifestyle the... More 

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Oroville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Officially, you're only allowed to visit the site with a tribal guide. However, we went on a slightly rainy Monday, and since we were the only tourists there at the moment, and there was only one guide present at the visitor center, he let us explore the site on our own. Apparently if you want to see both the dwellings... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

An easy 40 min drive from Santa Fe. An ancient pueblo that housed up to 6,000 residents between 1000 and 1600 AD. Has ruins to view both on top of the mesa and in the cliffs, with a couple of reconstructions to show what it was like when inhabited. And a small museum and gift shop at the base of... More 

2 Thank Craig A
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This ancient archeological site is similar in many ways to Bandelier National Monument. I believe that all tours here are guided tours, however, whereas one is free to roam unattended at Bandelier. Our guide, Elijah, was very intelligent, very well informed, and presented an excellent summary of the history of the region as we traversed the trail. The trail itself... More 

3 Thank thegeese
Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The drive is easy and beautiful. Took us about 40 minutes from The Plaza. You don't have to stop at the Welcome Center to get a pass in order to drive in even though that's what the signs say. The clerk told us to drive on in. It's 7 miles to the site. We visited on a slightly rainy day... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this on Our way back from Abiquiu. Best part of the day! Get there well before 3pm as that is the last tour. Wear sports shoes or hiking shoes. The tour begins with a drive to the top of the Mesa. One can also take the van back down. However, climbing the narrow stairs and going down the... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived shortly before a tour was to begin. We joined another couple and essentially had a private tour. Elijah was our tour guide. He is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. His knowledge of the tribe's and Pueblo' history was extensive. He made the tour. Even if you do not go on a tour, go out there. It... More 

Thank Jay O
Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The website clearly states when the dwellings are open. And, if you open the website during regular hours, it states: "open now." That may be true for most of the time, but for two days, October 13 &14, it closed without any advanced notice. And, if you currently try to open the website, nothing is there. We arrived around 11... More 

1 Thank toelle
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Not for the faint hearted but worth it. The tour runs every hour and starts with a minibus ride to the top of the cliffs to a deserted village with plenty of excavated houses from the past. You are taken into an underground spiritual hut by descending a ladder and learning of it's use. The caves and Cliff houses are... More 

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