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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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A few miles off Highway 30 near Santa Clara, NM are some ancient cliff dwellings. The Santa Clara Pueblo Indians offer a number of tours. While my first choice would have been to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2015
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

A few miles off Highway 30 near Santa Clara, NM are some ancient cliff dwellings. The Santa Clara Pueblo Indians offer a number of tours. While my first choice would have been to go up to the cliff dwellings, due to my late arrival, we chose to take the mesa tour. From the Visitor Center, you can easily see the... More 

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Ewing, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

Fascinating spot -- a combination of the mesa community and the cliff dwellings. We took the mesa tour, which included a ride to the top and an extensive explanation of daily life of the ancestors of today's Santa Clarans. Tour guide Luke was exceptionally knowledgeable about his forebearers' customs, as well as the flora and fauna of the mesa. He... More 

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Caseyville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

I'm probably not the best person to write a review of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, since we didn't take a guided tour. I just wanted to say that you can still visit the site. Just outside the visitors center, there is a patio with viewing area. There is no charge to do that. You don't get a close up view,... More 

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

This was our first visit to New Mexico. The landscapes from Sante Fe to Taos are all spectacular. But for us, the Puye Cliffs were the best. We took a van tour to the top of the Mesa. The views were incredible and the history is just amazing. Our guide Luke was a direct descendent of these cliff dwellers and... More 

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Wirtz, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

There are 4 tours offered - Elija recommended the Mesa Top Tour. Our tour guide, Luke, was very knowledgeable and discussed how his ancestral Tewa people lived and how they used the various resources for building materials, medications and food. The summer houses are located on top of the Mesa and the caves were used for winter living. We got... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

This was one ruin site that we hadn't visited and we happy we put it on this year's itinerary. It is a small site, but the visitors center and excellent tour guide made it a special trip.

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

We took the 2 hour adventure tour and were not disappointed. The guides were knowledgeable and the scenery breathtaking. If you have the time, this is a must do tour. There is walking up an incline but if you can't make the ladder climb all the way to the top you can take your car or they have a van.... More 

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

We really enjoyed the Adventure Tour. Elijah was a terrific guide with an easygoing style of communicating a lot of information - we learned a great deal about pueblo life, culture and history. His passion for the history of the site is apparent. It was interesting to see both the mesa top and the dwellings in the face of the... More 

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to the Puye Cliff Dwellings. We did the tour where you ride to the top, then hike down to the dwellings and then back to the information center. Our guide was very informative and we all learned a lot. They don't let you linger long at the actual cliffside dwellings, I'm sure for preservation purposes.... More 

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St. Helena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Do not miss this ancient pueblo tour. Very knowledgeable guides from the Santa Clara Pueblo take you on a thrilling walking tour of the cliff dwellings. The views are spectacular, particularly from the top of the mesa. It's expensive, but worth the effort. The hike down from the rim is somewhat difficult and should not be attempted by anyone weak... More 

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