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Puye Cliff Dwellings

300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Super interesting; passionate guides

This was so much fun. Such a well preserved and cared for site. The guides are of ancestral origin... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Heather H
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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
via mobile
Outstanding!

Wow! Wow! Wow! We were driven to the top of the plateau and given a wonderful tour of the... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
Jo F
,
Umina Beach Nsw
via mobile
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“santa clara” (69 reviews)
“adventure tour” (35 reviews)
“pottery shards” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532
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+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

This was so much fun. Such a well preserved and cared for site. The guides are of ancestral origin from the original inhabitants of the site, so Elija (our guide) was so informative about the experience and clearly cared very much about location itself. We...More

1  Thank Heather H
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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Wow! Wow! Wow! We were driven to the top of the plateau and given a wonderful tour of the dwellings and kiva there by our guide, Stephanie. We then climbed down the cliff face and went inside one of the cliff dwellings used by the...More

Thank Jo F
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

We were traveling from Santa Fe up to Bandelier Monument and Los Alamos as part of our New Mexico vacation. A friend suggested we add Espanola to our itinerary. On the way there, we stopped for gas in a station run by one of the...More

Thank eznelson
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

I took my grandchildren and children to the Puye Cliffs for Earth and Sky Weekend. We were there at the opening and the family all watched the Santa Clara Pueblo dancers and then they all went up the hill in the van to see the...More

Thank SantaFeDiva
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

My husband took the tour and loved it! He said the guide was excellent. The van takes you to the top of the cliff and then you climb down with ladders steps to the dwellings. The tour takes about an hour.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

This was such an amazing tour! We started with watching a couple of children do the rain dance. We then headed up to the top of the cliff. It was amazing to hear all of the stories and then hike down. I will not be...More

Thank Megan P
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

We decided to use the guided tour and I am glad we did. Our guide who is Puye was very informative and gave us an appreciation for his culture and the life of the Puye. It was worth the admission to learn so much more.

Thank hanifenmv
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

This is a great hike up to the top. Along the way you see tons of artifacts and art. From the top the view is amazing. You can see several mountain ranges.

Thank chicagochica801
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank CyndyandByron
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

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
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Anne D
28 September 2017|
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Response from CyndyandByron | Reviewed this property |
Just show up. The tours are not always avaiable. Tour leaders seemed to be few in number. You can walk up yourself, but the goal is the top of the mesa which is a bit of a walk without knowing what you are seeing.. Groups of... More
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Alane A
8 August 2017|
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Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
You're supposed to be accompanied by a tribal guide, but sometimes if they have no other clients, they'll let you walk around on your own. I don't remember how much we payed, but there are 3 different tours to chose from... More
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Carmen E
25 March 2017|
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Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
Yeah, it's fine. When I was 2 years old my dad was carrying me on his back in one of those baby carrying things, and climbing up ladders in Bandelier. As long as you put him in a baby carrier it should be fine. But I would... More
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