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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Fabulous Adventure

Stumbled across this on Our way back from Abiquiu. Best part of the day! Get there well before 3pm... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
via mobile
Very good tour

We arrived shortly before a tour was to begin. We joined another couple and essentially had a... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Jay O
Sugar Land, Texas
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 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...More

Thank axel42
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...More

Thank Jay O
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,...More

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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...More

Thank Geoff F
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.

Thank Mike H
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...More

Thank JandMH
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Took the tour that goes to the top of the mesa. Got a spectacular view of the surrounding areas and some ruins of some long gone dwellings. The ladder into the kiva is sort of challenging the shorter you are, though. If you're up to...More

Thank Erich B
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Not sure why this didn't really show up in any of the web sites we searched for information on things to see. We noticed the sign driving between pueblos. This is somewhat what I thought I was going to see at a pueblo. The tour...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

It's an hour drive from Santa Fe and Los Alamos. It's nice to see the place and for $50 (not exactly sure) you can explore the dwelling with a tour guide. We didn't get the tour though. We're a group of 7 and we feel...More

Thank Romer D
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Everyone we met, Gabriel, Elija, and Sam were all amazing. Our tour guide, Sam - a native Tewa, shared first hand insights & history. So informative and personal. Great experience!

Thank L B
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Anne D
27 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
7 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