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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Address: Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
Phone Number: 888-320-5008
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Espanola
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Excellent tour guides - I love the fact that they are all Santa Clara Pueblo tribal members. Our guide Elija - is great at his job. Very through when delivering information, he has a very good presence - calm and welcoming.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I can't say enough nice things about our tour guide, Elijah. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and open to questions. He never made us feel dumb for not knowing the history of New Mexico or of the local Native Americans. We took the mesa tour, and rode the van up to the top. Elijah led us down through the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Wonderful tour guides. Ann Jenkins was patient, informative and very courteous. Make a point of taking both packages. Because of an injury, I could go up but not down. They drove us down the back and we got to see parts of the layout we hadn't realized were there before.

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Stuart, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Be sure to stop at the Puye Cliff Dwellings if in the area. Very interesting tours – all involve hiking up to the cliffs. Not for the grossly out of shape!

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We were in New Mexico for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta,and decided to venture off and do the "Adventure Tour" at the Puye Cliff Dwellings during our trip. What a great choice! The experience was well worth it; interesting and exciting!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Saw the sign as we were headed to Bandolier, turned in, and enjoyed an excellent presentation by our guide of the cliff dwellings and abandoned Pueblo on top. We took the tour that drove us to the top of the mesa and returned us to the visitor center. Some elected to walk down. A well spent hour.

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Parker, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were disappointed to find that you can't do a self-guided walk here. You must choose from a number of 'tours' with a guide (averaging $20 each). Bandelier National Monument is equally as interesting, just a few miles further, and has beautiful walks (self guided!). Entrance there is $12 (national park). This felt like a rip-off.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Outstanding example of pueblo ruins. But be prepared to climb multiple ladders to gain access to the site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Puye cliffs were incredible. We did the 2 hour adventure tour. The sights were breathtaking. Tour guide, Deric, was great. I am so glad we got to see this piece of history.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We had a very informative, up-close, and personal tour with our guide, Elijah. Part way through there was a sudden downpour with lightning. The only place of refuge was inside one of the caves. It was wonderful - and dry. Unfortunately the lightning prevented our touring the top of the mesa, but we were refunded the fee. The Harvey house... More

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