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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
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 Site.

An amazing site worth visiting and taking the Mesa tour. We also decided to climb down which has some narrow spots, but my husband with two replaced knees was able to do. Tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda B
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Beaminster, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our visit to this site was ruined by having a terrible guide. He was very unfriendly, had an extremely dull voice - monotone, was reluctant to answer questions and we had difficulty getting him to move from where we started at the top of the Mesa. He appeared to want to sit and drone on without giving us any information... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though the dwellings were sort of amazing, I think we got only a so-so Claran Pueblo resident guide when we went. They have quite a few Pueblo members that take turns at giving tours. Get ready for quite a climb to reach the dwellings, so make sure you're wearing the right shoes. We felt that for what we saw, the... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing site worth visiting and taking the Mesa tour. We also decided to climb down which has some narrow spots, but my husband with two replaced knees was able to do. Tour took about an hour and a half. But climbing down instead of taking the van back you get to see the cliff dwellings up close. Bring water... More 

1 Thank Linda B
Herndon, Va
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65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the mesa tour. This involves the ruins on top of the mesa, entry into a kiva and lots of historical background. You can also (we did) walk (or better, climb) back to the visitors' center. More on this. The first descent is through some narrow and steep steps placed in some pretty narrow passageways going down maybe 50-60... More 

2 Thank rldonovan
Coral Springs, Florida
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101 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We where looking for the Bandelier Monument National park We passed the Puye cliffs,decided to stop. The pleasures of travel. What a surprise,we took a tour,Stephanie was our awesome Tour guide. We took the short tour climbed and ventured around the cliffs. Not allowed inside the pueblo because of safety concerns. We tired walked back down below ,a bus shuttle... More 

2 Thank Jgeptp
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

A friend who lives in Espanola recommended this ancient site to us, and we really enjoyed it. We were especially impressed that our guide, Elijah, stayed after hours to give us a tour, as we arrived at 5 pm (closing time) thinking the ruins closed at 6 pm instead. Elijah enthusiastically offered to stay late and show us around. The... More 

2 Thank Openskies65
Placitas, New Mexico
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84 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Another excellent historic cliff dwelling in New Mexico. This tour of the Santa Clara Pueblo is led by one of their own and the guide we had was excellent and knew the history well.

1 Thank 44dave56
Amarillo, Texas
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We were told about the Puye Cliff Dwellings about a friend and drove from Santa Fe on a Saturday morning. Our guide, Sam, was extremely knowledgable about the history and culture. Indeed, he has a passion for it, and that was evident in his guiding us around the dwellings.

3 Thank Karoline A
San Diego, California
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203 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

There are many cliff dwellings around the southwest but this is one that should not be missed. It's about 45 minutes North from Santa Fe and the Puye Cliff Dwellings history relates mainly to the Santa Clara Pueblo as this is where they started. In fact, you can probably make this cliff dwelling and Bandolier all in the same day.... More 

2 Thank Tom O
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We visited here over Memorial Day weekend and were worried about crowds but because it is a privately run and funded by the local Santa Clara tribe it was not overcrowded. Our guide, Stephanie, was really informative and we found out so much about the life and death of the ancient residents of these Cliff Dwellings. We had visited Bandelier... More 

1 Thank Cindy E

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