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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Spectactular, forever memorable!

This was two hours that will be remembered for life. Our guide, Stephanie brought history to life... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peter Z
East Stroudsbur
Unspoiled and Uncrowded Historic Pueblo Cliff Dwellings

My local friend and I headed up here for a guided tour, not sure exactly what to expect. After 2... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was two hours that will be remembered for life. Our guide, Stephanie brought history to life. Guides here are decendants of the original native inhabitants with a passion and love their work. The cost is a bargain for the experience and service provided. It...More

1  Thank Peter Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My local friend and I headed up here for a guided tour, not sure exactly what to expect. After 2 hours of an expertly guided tour (thanks to Elija Naranjo Smith, a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo, as well as a talented potter), we...More

1  Thank MemRunner
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live in New Mexico, and finally made it to the Puye Cliffs. It was so worth it!! Beautiful area, spectacular views. The guide was very knowledgeable. the cliffs are just amazing, and it was especially fun to be able to come down the old...More

1  Thank Dulce_NMTurtle
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This was on our bucket list to do while we were visiting Santa Fe. The history of the dwellings was presented from a very knowledgeable guide that was a direct descendent of the People that inhabited them so many years ago. A wonderful and inspiring...More

Thank rrj2246
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Took the grand kids (6 years old) to the cliffs. Our tour guide was Elija Naranjo Smith from Santa Clara and he was terrific. The history of the ancient dwelling site, the connection to the ancient puebloans from the Four Corners area and life in...More

Thank Coloradonative8585
Reviewed 8 November 2017

On the way to the Santa Clara Pueblo, we came across a gas station and the gate to the Puye Cliff Dwellings. After a 15 min drive up to the visitor center we found that there were two different tours, one that walked around on...More

Thank tiedyedcat
Reviewed 21 October 2017

This was very fascinating. I can only imagine how ancient people lived. I had a great tour guide, so interesting.

Thank Terri T
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Just happened to come by this site and wanted to check it out. It is very interesting and we enjoyed seeing the dwellings.

Thank JimmyandSondra S
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Took the full tour up the ladder to the cliff dwellings and then up the rocky trail to the ruins on the mesa top. Fascinating, beautiful, had a great tour guide, learned a lot.

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

I am 64 years old, and to visit a Cliff Dwelling site has been on my bucket list for years. I had the best ever tour guide Stephanie!! She knew so much, and she was reverently respectful of the history. In addition I was very...More

1  Thank LaurieLou212
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Anne D
28 September 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
8 August 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
25 March 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