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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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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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Outstanding and Full of History

This was an awesome experience for our family. We took the adventure tour, which was well worth the money. The fees were higher than listed at the website, at $40 for adults. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was an awesome experience for our family. We took the adventure tour, which was well worth the money. The fees were higher than listed at the website, at $40 for adults. The credit card machine at the site was working, but not at the visitor center, which is in a gas station. The drive to and from the cliffs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It's great to learn history from a knowledgeable guide as you explore a site like this, our guide Elija made it interesting and enjoyable. The tour-hour guided tour was just right, and worth checking into prior to your visit (we just got lucky). We had no trouble finding the Valero gas station or the Welcome Center, which is well done,... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We did the 2 hour tour and was so glad to spend the extra time and money. Our guide was so knowledgeable and encouraged us to ask questions. We were the only 2 on the second hour of the tour so we had our own private guide. We did the 9AM tour and were glad because of the hot weather.... More 

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Temple, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I first visited the Puye Cliff Dwellings in April of 2014, and I was so moved by the experience that when I returned to NM this August, I came back and brought a friend. The experience is very authentic. Being guided through the journey by Elija, a descendant of the original dwellers at Puye, and a potter carrying on the... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A short, 30-minute drive from Santa Fe, these cliff dwellings are a must see! Drive first to a welcome center in Espanola, buy a ticket, then drive up to 6900 feet above sea level to begin your walking tour, You will see the dwellings in detail as you walk along a trail led by a descendent of the dwellers. Mine... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very much enjoyed our tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings. Our guide Elija provided us with a lot of information on both the history of the people and the different types of pottery in addition to the history of the dwellings. He was very enthusiastic and made the tour fun. The 360 degree view from the top of the mesa... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Enjoyed the tour of this historic and beautiful site. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. We took the Two hour grand tour which included both the dwellings on top of the cliff as well as the cliff dwellings. We learned about the history of Tewa people as well as some natural history of the area. I really liked how they... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Interesting place not to commercial. Luke our guide was really great and very informative. Not much on guided tours but I enjoyed his knowledge and enthusiasm. A title bit expensive but I figure it helps keep the place going. Definitely worth the trip tho-

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Having a member of the Santa Clara tribe as a guide was an enriching experience. She provided both historic and a contemporary perspective. We were allowed to enter a kiva and learned of the meaning of this saved place. Great value. Taking the short (but steep) trail down from the mesa top was thrilling. Great, panoramic views. Our seven year... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When questioned about the three different tours the guide discouraged us from taking the all inclusive tour because it is so hot on the mesa. We paid to take the mesa tour and were told we would be able to climb down to part of the cave dwellings on that tour which didn't start for 45 min. When it was... More 

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