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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Espanola
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Arvada, Colorado
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very interesting tour of this incredible place. We did the adventure tour which comprised of a ride up to the Mesa with a walk down into the cliffs dwellings. Our guide gave some informative and fascinating details about the history, landscape, and the current culture of the Pueblo community. This place is incredible and worth the time and fee, you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Small site, 6 people in our tour so very peaceful change from crowded tours, not a lot of restoration, tours by young members of the Santa Clara Pueblo with lots of local info, picnic area and restrooms very nice , upscale items in the gift shop. Mesa top tour very manageable for my 80+ year old dad.

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dallas tx
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Consider yourself very fortunate if you are lucky enough to get Derrick as your tour guide. Such a nice, personable young man with extensive knowledge and reverence for his heritage and culture that he, I felt, was so proud to share. We got there early on a beautiful day and were the only two on our tour. Every question we... More

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fort worth, texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

While not as extensive or grand as Mesa Verde, it was an interesting place to visit and tour. We weren't able to tour the cliff top, but only the limestone dwellings. So informative and fascinating. Go on the tour and ask about the Pinon tree and it's sister tree - where the cliff dwellers got their Vitamin C - it's... More

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Orlando, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great time hiking through these well preserved ruins with knowledgable tour guide, Daric. Got a bit scary climbing down the 20 foot ladder but well worth it!

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Rye, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Took the one hour tour to the top ruins by van then climbed down . Very informative guide. (Raincloud). Wear good shoes and take the van back down if not fit.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I was really excited about the tour of Puye Cliff Dwellings, largely because of the reviews I had read on Tripadvisor. I have been studying and visiting ancient Pueblo sites for some time and some of the information from our guide was just plain wrong and that really saddened me. She didn't even know what a Sipapu was, she made... More

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brick nj
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

my wife and I visited the reservation and in a tour of the cliffs we were accompanied by a young woman of the Santa Clara pueblo, who spent a good hour and change explaining the ruins and speaking with us about the direct connection between herself and her ancestors at this site in 900 AD. The ground was stony but... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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171 reviews 171 reviews
64 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We took the Adventure Tour of the cliff dwellings and the mesa top ruins. It was a bit expensive, but worth it because of our guide. The cliffside ruins were similar to those at Bandelier and the mesa top ruins were like those at Chaco and elsewhere. The hike was fun but the best part was the information our guide... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Ok, so it is not a long hike, but you do go up the side of a mountain. It is definitely worth the effort. You have to see this place. Our guide was a member of the local tribe and very knowledgeable about the history, plants, and local events. We went on the extended tour and again it was worth... More

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