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Puye Cliff Dwellings

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Address: Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
Phone Number: 888-320-5008
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Description: 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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Great tour of a site of the ancients by a charming descendant

Our docent was a young member of the Santa Clara pueblo who had unusual insights and knowledge about her ancestors, who built and lived in the dwellings many centuries ago. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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capmotion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Our docent was a young member of the Santa Clara pueblo who had unusual insights and knowledge about her ancestors, who built and lived in the dwellings many centuries ago. The climb down the side of the cliff in the ancient foot/hand holds was a treat. One of the great cliff dwelling sights and sites anywhere.

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Waterford, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If in the Santa Fe area and wondering what to do, this is a must. It may seem a bit pricey- 40$ plus tax for a two hour guided tour- but it was worth every penny. They also have a one hour tour for 20$, but the two hour takes you through the entire site. The attraction is ran and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

These dwellings and ruins from a thousand years ago are available for visiting and touring either by hiking up the side of the cliff or by van to the ancient villlage on the top of the mesa. The guides are local members of the Santa Clara tribe. They are knowledgable, even if they talk too fast, and the museum at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This complex of ruins covers both the cliff face and top of the mesa. The ruins on the cliff face include the heavily eroded cliff dwellings. These are somewhat disappointing since the soft rock has been worn away and only the rear parts of the dwellings actually survive. The guides do a great job of explaining the function and history... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We drove in and got signed up for the next tour, and while we waited, we got to see the exhibits in building adjacent to tour center. The walk up will be challenging for someone who gets winded easily, OR lives at a much lower elevation. The path up is paved, and there are steps. At the first level the... More 

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Espanola, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Puye Cliffs is an unique way to experience very well preserved cliff dwellings of the ancient Anazai culture. You can climb and explore the over one thousand year old individual dwelling at the site.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We drove from Santa Fe towards Taos - a pretty drive decorated with beautiful art work on the sound walls & overpasses! This state knows how to beautify their roadways! There are two point of contacts - the Visitor's Center (you buy your tickets then drive about a mile or so to get to the cliffs) and the Tour Center... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was epic , if you like social , and working out and learning about the history of the United States , this is a must ! Our guide 'Elijah Naranjo Smith' walked us through this amazing piece of Native American history , while soaking up some of the most amazing scenery I have ever seen. It really is a... More 

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Warsaw, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect, but this place is amazing! We had a large group and limited time. Half of us took the van to the top of the mesa, and half of us hiked up the side of the mesa to see the dwellings up close. Our tour guide was great and explained all the history of the... More 

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Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you only visit one Indian ruin in New Mexico make it Puye. The site is a remarkable example of the rich history of the Anasazi Tribe and is quite beautiful. I visited the site 20+ years ago before they made it mandatory to visit with a guide and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to see it again,... More 

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Additional Information about Puye Cliff Dwellings

Address: Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
Phone Number: 888-320-5008
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Espanola
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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