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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 - 20:00
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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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Best two hour tour we have ever been on

30 minutes of driving off the main hwy. It is not well marked and the locals did not seem to be supportive when we asked for directions but we pushed on and are glad we did. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 November 2015
Harold J
Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015

30 minutes of driving off the main hwy. It is not well marked and the locals did not seem to be supportive when we asked for directions but we pushed on and are glad we did. The Visitor's Center is modern and the site is beautiful. We bought a two hour tour and were very glad we did as we... More 

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Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

We were here in 2012 and did a self guided tour. They have changed the touring system to make sure that the caves do not experience any further damage. It was sad to see graffiti scrawled on the wall of the pueblo. We did the Adventure Tour and had an excellent guide. We climbed the ladders to scaled rocks to... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

The cliff dwellings are somewhat hard to find - they are off of NM Hwy 30 out of Espanola. The tour was kind of expensive but excellent.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

Poo yay! Located just over a mere four miles southwest of Espanola on Highway 30, the abandoned Puye Cliff Dwellings is a little-known treasure and the ancestral home of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Around 900 AD, early pueblo people migrated here from either the Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde areas to the Pajarito Plateau. On this site, they lived in... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

We were greeted by our guide(Elija) as soon as we entered the welcome area. We decided on the 2 hour tour because we wanted to experience the whole area(plus it wasn't overly hot). Elija lives on the reservation with his family and spoke quite proudly thoughout the tour of his ancestors. He was extremely knowledgable of the terrain, history of... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

A few miles off Highway 30 near Santa Clara, NM are some ancient cliff dwellings. The Santa Clara Pueblo Indians offer a number of tours. While my first choice would have been to go up to the cliff dwellings, due to my late arrival, we chose to take the mesa tour. From the Visitor Center, you can easily see the... More 

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Ewing, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Fascinating spot -- a combination of the mesa community and the cliff dwellings. We took the mesa tour, which included a ride to the top and an extensive explanation of daily life of the ancestors of today's Santa Clarans. Tour guide Luke was exceptionally knowledgeable about his forebearers' customs, as well as the flora and fauna of the mesa. He... More 

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Caseyville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

I'm probably not the best person to write a review of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, since we didn't take a guided tour. I just wanted to say that you can still visit the site. Just outside the visitors center, there is a patio with viewing area. There is no charge to do that. You don't get a close up view,... More 

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

This was our first visit to New Mexico. The landscapes from Sante Fe to Taos are all spectacular. But for us, the Puye Cliffs were the best. We took a van tour to the top of the Mesa. The views were incredible and the history is just amazing. Our guide Luke was a direct descendent of these cliff dwellers and... More 

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Wirtz, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

There are 4 tours offered - Elija recommended the Mesa Top Tour. Our tour guide, Luke, was very knowledgeable and discussed how his ancestral Tewa people lived and how they used the various resources for building materials, medications and food. The summer houses are located on top of the Mesa and the caves were used for winter living. We got... More 

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