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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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Dwelling place of the ancients

The members of the Santa Clara Pueblo consider this area the home of their ancestors. The cliff dwellings were well preserved and maintained. When we arrived, there was no one... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The members of the Santa Clara Pueblo consider this area the home of their ancestors. The cliff dwellings were well preserved and maintained. When we arrived, there was no one available to give a tour as there was a large school group on premises and all of the guides were busy. However, the trails were well marked and we were... More 

Thank CyndyandByron
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful and interesting, these cliff dwellings and museum are fascinating! The people of the current Santa Clara Pueblo count these as their ancestral home. What views! Great hike! Nice picnic area! Clean modern restrooms. Worth the trip to get here.

Thank Kathyindenver
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a few minutes off Highway 285, the Puye Cliffs is a fun hands-on and climb the high stairs style history lesson. It's best to be there by 2:45 p.m. to catch the last tour of the day.

Thank move2wonder
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Took the family to Puye for a guided tour. We were impressed with the history and how well they have preserved everything. It is easy to visualize what life was like for the people. They inhabited the cliffs for 700 years so finding remnants of bowls and tools are everywhere. We had fun picking up pieces of bowls and arrowheads... More 

Thank T G
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

We picked this "hike" based on other TripAdvisor reviewers. It was worth it. We got there early (about 8:30am) before the guide showed up, so we were allowed to hike up and down the cliff on our own. There are some places you need to climb using hand-holds and there's a very, very tall ladder to climb. The caves, petroglyphs... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We took the one hour guided tour with Elijah, and we truly enjoyed it. Elijah was a great guide and taught us much about his people, the Tewa tribe. We felt that we learned more from Elijah than we had in many visits to other Native American sites. The place was fascinating and beautiful, and Elijah was a great guide.... More 

Thank 459BobM
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Ancient Santa Clara Pueblo cliff dwellings are an unusual, spectacular step back in time. We travelled out of our way to experience the incredible culture of these ancient people. Take the tour and climb up into the dwellings. The panoramic view is also beautiful.

Thank Matts001
Matteson, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We came upon this by accident and had to stop and check them out. These are cliff dwellings. The Puye Cliffs complex includes includes two levels of cliff-dwellings and surface and cave dwellings plus the mesa top and reconstructed 'Community House' are accessed by paths and about twelve stairways and ladders cut into the side of the cliff. Since we... More 

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had a wonderful tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, which included a 13-foot climb down into an actual kiva, and a descent of perhaps 100 feet down the cliff.It was all perfectly safe and there are other options for people less mobile or adventurous. The guide, whose family had lived in the area for more than 1,000 years, was... More 

1 Thank Eric K
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Elija was our knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide who has a college degree in Indian studies. He explained everything about the dwellings, culture, and even the Santa Clara pottery! We visited Bandelier first yet we learned so much with our excellent guide! We highly recommend this two hour tour!

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