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“Puye Cliff Dwellings (and pueblo)”

Puye Cliff Dwellings
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Espanola
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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Puye Cliff Dwellings (and pueblo)”
Reviewed May 21, 2009

We were there on the 18th of May and they were open after several years. No self guided tours now in an effort to preserve what is left of this ancient community. It will take about 1.5 hrs to take it all in but you can split up the tour and pay for just looking, climbing to the cliff dwellings and/or take a caravan to the top to see the pueblo. The guide was very informative as he was a native Tewa Indian. I certainly enjoyed the pride with which he described the area. If you are interested in the NE New Mexico area, this is certainly a "do not miss".

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English first
New Mexico, USA
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Looking forward to Puye reopening!”
Reviewed April 5, 2008

Puye Cliff Dwellings were still closed as of a month or two ago. They were closed after the Los Alamos area fires of about five years ago. Rumor has it they will open again soon. This is an enjoyable and less visited ancestal pueblo site than most, with some hiking required to see the cliff dwellings, which are ancestral to the local Tewa pueblos- having been abandoned in the early 1500s. Some climbing is required to reach the cliff dwellings, but the top of the cliff, including a kiva, can be reached more easily. The hike to the cliff dwellings is not technically difficult, but can be breath-taking due to the altitude. It is best to carry water and rest along the way. To bring sandwiches and water and enjoy a restful picnic hike would be advisable. There is a gas station with a convenience store at the entrance to the cliff dwellings, which is relatively new and reasonably well-stocked with picnic supplies. We're glad we had the opportunity to visit before the fires and are looking forward to visiting again!

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