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Puye Cliff Dwellings

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Address: Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
Phone Number: +1 888-320-5008
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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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Got To Visit Unescorted

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Oroville, California
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Oroville, California
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An easy 40 min drive from Santa Fe. An ancient pueblo that housed up to 6,000 residents between 1000 and 1600 AD. Has ruins to view both on top of the mesa and in the cliffs, with a couple of reconstructions to show what it was like when inhabited. And a small museum and gift shop at the base of... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ancient archeological site is similar in many ways to Bandelier National Monument. I believe that all tours here are guided tours, however, whereas one is free to roam unattended at Bandelier. Our guide, Elijah, was very intelligent, very well informed, and presented an excellent summary of the history of the region as we traversed the trail. The trail itself... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The drive is easy and beautiful. Took us about 40 minutes from The Plaza. You don't have to stop at the Welcome Center to get a pass in order to drive in even though that's what the signs say. The clerk told us to drive on in. It's 7 miles to the site. We visited on a slightly rainy day... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across this on Our way back from Abiquiu. Best part of the day! Get there well before 3pm as that is the last tour. Wear sports shoes or hiking shoes. The tour begins with a drive to the top of the Mesa. One can also take the van back down. However, climbing the narrow stairs and going down the... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived shortly before a tour was to begin. We joined another couple and essentially had a private tour. Elijah was our tour guide. He is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. His knowledge of the tribe's and Pueblo' history was extensive. He made the tour. Even if you do not go on a tour, go out there. It... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The website clearly states when the dwellings are open. And, if you open the website during regular hours, it states: "open now." That may be true for most of the time, but for two days, October 13 &14, it closed without any advanced notice. And, if you currently try to open the website, nothing is there. We arrived around 11... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Not for the faint hearted but worth it. The tour runs every hour and starts with a minibus ride to the top of the cliffs to a deserted village with plenty of excavated houses from the past. You are taken into an underground spiritual hut by descending a ladder and learning of it's use. The caves and Cliff houses are... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

You don't even have to go to the top to appreciate this ancient dwelling of the Pueblo Indians. You can just drive by and see its magnificence; just be sure to bring binoculars so you can see the petroglyphs.

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San Diego county, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We took the mesa top tour and boy are we glad we did! We took our 7 year old who was very scared to climb into the dwellings. Our tour guide, Elijah, was excellent at speaking the language, history of the land and teaching us about the culture of the Puye. The mesa was really interesting with lots of pottery... More 

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