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Puye Cliff Dwellings

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Address: Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
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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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Step back in time!

Ancient Santa Clara Pueblo cliff dwellings are an unusual, spectacular step back in time. We travelled out of our way to experience the incredible culture of these ancient people... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ancient Santa Clara Pueblo cliff dwellings are an unusual, spectacular step back in time. We travelled out of our way to experience the incredible culture of these ancient people. Take the tour and climb up into the dwellings. The panoramic view is also beautiful.

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Matteson, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came upon this by accident and had to stop and check them out. These are cliff dwellings. The Puye Cliffs complex includes includes two levels of cliff-dwellings and surface and cave dwellings plus the mesa top and reconstructed 'Community House' are accessed by paths and about twelve stairways and ladders cut into the side of the cliff. Since we... More 

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, which included a 13-foot climb down into an actual kiva, and a descent of perhaps 100 feet down the cliff.It was all perfectly safe and there are other options for people less mobile or adventurous. The guide, whose family had lived in the area for more than 1,000 years, was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elija was our knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide who has a college degree in Indian studies. He explained everything about the dwellings, culture, and even the Santa Clara pottery! We visited Bandelier first yet we learned so much with our excellent guide! We highly recommend this two hour tour!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stephanie is an excellent guide. Gave the history, description of the clans and their roles in the settlement, the defensive strategy behind the dwellings, the agriculture- excellent tour

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We visited the Puye Cliff Dwellings in March 2016. The weather was perfect. We paid for the Mesa Top Tour and did not require advance reservations. We purchased the day of the tour. Our guide drove us to the top and gave us the option to climb down or be driven down in the van. Wow! The view was incredible... More 

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Take the chance to check out the Puye cliff dwellings. They take you to the cliff top via a van and then you check out the ruins on the top and make you way down ladders and pathways to the bottom. The tour guide was excellent and we truly gained some great insight into the lives of the people who... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We took the mesa top tour led by Elijah and it was a wonderful and thrilling experience. It is only 45 minutes or so from santa fe and the drive up is increasingly gorgeous as you go. We loved the history and culture we learned about, the beautiful scenery, and the climb down the cliffs that was a little scary... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I found Puye by accident and signed up for a guided tour. Our native guide drove us up to the top of the cliffs in a van to tour the original dwellings. We hiked down to the welcome center at the base of the cliffs. The guide was fantastic she was very knowledgeable able the known history and lifestyle the... More 

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Oroville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Officially, you're only allowed to visit the site with a tribal guide. However, we went on a slightly rainy Monday, and since we were the only tourists there at the moment, and there was only one guide present at the visitor center, he let us explore the site on our own. Apparently if you want to see both the dwellings... More 

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