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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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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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Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. Puye Cliffs' inhabitants then moved into the Rio Grande River... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2016
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Would have love to have seen this, but the hours said 6 PM to 10 PM in travel advisory. It was actually 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Call to make sure!

2 Thank Sandy A
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Reviewed 6 March 2016

Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. Puye Cliffs' inhabitants then moved into the Rio Grande River valley. They became the ancestors of today's Santa Clara people, who now live at Santa Clara Pueblo, 10 miles east of Puye.

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Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

A nice way to learn about the people who once lived in this area. Out tour guide was very nice and informative.

Thank Gayle R
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Just visited today and took the Mesa tour. It was snowing and beautiful. The climb down was a but slipper but our guide Elijah was simply excellent and the group of us of about 13 were in great hands. Leaned a lot about the history and then went to visit his pueblo. A must visit if one is in Santa... More 

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Reviewed 22 December 2015

Fascinating and beautiful place! The guided tour was very informative, and the kids were entertained as well. We just had the tour of the cliff dwellings due to lack of time, but the Mesa and caves are offered too. We never knew the caves were located near an old supervolcano!

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Reviewed 3 December 2015

Not friendly for those with bad knees for sure. Each tour is over an hour and includes strenuous climbing. It was way too cold for us to attempt it in Dec. You HAVE to be able to climb ladders. Since we could only look at the cliff dwellings from afar, we opted to go into the museum. The Harvey house... More 

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Reviewed 2 December 2015

Santa Fe is in the middle of Pueblo Indian country. The Pueblo people have lived in this area for at least several thousand years. A visit to Puye gives a real understanding of the area and is easily done in a few hours--an afternoon or a morning. It is a transitional site from around 1300 where present day Santa Clara... More 

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

Had a great time exploring the dwellings. The tour took us up to the top of the Mesa, A young girl guided us and was very knowledgable about the history and the structures. I would definitely go back for a more in depth tour.

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Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

This off the beaten path find was so well worth it!! Only an hours drive out of Santa Fe and through a stretch of gorgeous mountain views! Our guide, Rachanda, was extremely knowledgeable about her ancestral history and the cliff dwelling inhabitants. We learned a lot and we were able to get up close to the caves. So many bits... More 

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Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

The staff here are incredibly friendly and did a great job with the tour. This historic site is amazing especially when you think about how many lived there. Take a minute to just absorb it all.

1 Thank Rachel J

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