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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Beautiful view and informative history of Puebloan peoples.

I visited Puye more than 25 years ago with my mother and decided in homage to her, I needed to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charlotte M
Dallas, Texas, United States
Better than Bandeliers!

We visited Puye Cliff Dwellings on the way to Taos from Sante Fe. It was awesome! Our guide Royce... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lesley B
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Puye more than 25 years ago with my mother and decided in homage to her, I needed to return. Be aware that the website is misleading about where to purchase tour tickets. Heading west on Hwy 30, pass through the Santa Clara pueblo...More

Thank Charlotte M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Puye Cliff Dwellings on the way to Taos from Sante Fe. It was awesome! Our guide Royce was really great - he drove us up to the site and gave us an hour tour around the site. We the checked out the Dwellings...More

1  Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Adventure Tour with Cheyenne as guide. Top mesa has reconstructions of a summer village but excellent 360 vista views. Then you descend rock steps and a ladder to see the winter cave dwellings, As good as the views and site is, Cheyenne...More

1  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove to these puye cliff dwelling not expecting too much. Our expectations were greatly exceeded. We were able to go up the trail and see right into the dwellings. My Mom is 95 and we went up the trail to the first level of...More

1  Thank 723jackie
Reviewed July 31, 2018

this was my second visit to puye cliff dwellings. i was so happy to have cheyenne again as my guide. she is so knowledgeable and easily weaves together the history of her people to this special place. thanks, cheyenne, for being so patient with my...More

2  Thank Patte R
Reviewed July 29, 2018

My husband and I had never heard of the Puye Cliff Dwellings but noticed them on our map while we were driving to Santa Fe. We are so glad we stopped!! These are the best cliff dwellings we've seen. Our tour guide was a local...More

Thank Kathryn S
Reviewed July 19, 2018

We opted for the mesa and cliff 1-hour tour. All tours are guided, partially to protect the ruins from vandalism. Our tour guide was Steven, who is a descendant of the pueblo people. His grandfather took the family to go to Chicago but Steven was...More

2  Thank Matthew J
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Puye Cliffs is open 8:30-5:00 during the summer. From Santa Fe it is reached via either Hwy 285 to 502 to 30, or 285 to 30 through Espanola. It takes about the same amount of travel time either way, but the 502 route has less...More

2  Thank AeneasAtSea
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit to see cliff dwellings and we were very impressed. Our tour guide was super informative and you could tell she loves sharing her culture with visitors. There is some climbing involved, down narrow rocks and at one point, down a...More

2  Thank Tour753336
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Visit Puye Cliff Dwellings & see what life was like for the Santa Clara Pueblo people from approx. 900 to 1,500 AD. We took the tour up the cliff face past the cave dwellings. You can go inside a cave dwelling that was rebuilt to...More

1  Thank KARS929
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Anne D
September 27, 2017|
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Response from CyndyandByron | Reviewed this property |
Just show up. The tours are not always avaiable. Tour leaders seemed to be few in number. You can walk up yourself, but the goal is the top of the mesa which is a bit of a walk without knowing what you are seeing.. Groups of... More
Alane A
August 7, 2017|
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Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
You're supposed to be accompanied by a tribal guide, but sometimes if they have no other clients, they'll let you walk around on your own. I don't remember how much we payed, but there are 3 different tours to chose from... More
Carmen E
March 25, 2017|
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Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
Yeah, it's fine. When I was 2 years old my dad was carrying me on his back in one of those baby carrying things, and climbing up ladders in Bandelier. As long as you put him in a baby carrier it should be fine. But I would... More