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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Closed Now: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wonderful Cultural Tour with Beautiful Views

A friend and I visited this site in September. It's a National Historic Landmark and home to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waterford, NY
Beautiful view and informative history of Puebloan peoples.

I visited Puye more than 25 years ago with my mother and decided in homage to her, I needed to... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2018
Charlotte M
Dallas, Texas, United States
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites. Puye is closed today from 12:00pm- 4:00pm , Monday 10/15/2018 Due to weather conditions Puye will open again for business on Tuesday 10/16/2018
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I decided to visit the Puye Cliff Dwellings instead of Bandolier based on the reviews from several TripAdvisor members saying how incredible it was. Unfortunately, the website was down so I relied on Tripadvisor for the hours (which says they are open until 6). I...More

1  Thank Christine L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all the website is down. Second very few road signs. When we finally arrived,confusing tour options which were not clearly explained. Thought these were actual ruins but quickly learned these are being re created using the original stones. Minimal cultural information on tour....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I visited this site in September. It's a National Historic Landmark and home to the ancestors of the Santa Clara Pueblo people, featuring cliff, cave and mesa-top dwellings. We opted for the mesa-top tour which offered beautiful panoramic views of the valley...More

2  Thank TheresaWaterford_NY
Reviewed 8 September 2018

I visited Puye more than 25 years ago with my mother and decided in homage to her, I needed to return. Be aware that the website is misleading about where to purchase tour tickets. Heading west on Hwy 30, pass through the Santa Clara pueblo...More

1  Thank Charlotte M
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We visited Puye Cliff Dwellings on the way to Taos from Sante Fe. It was awesome! Our guide Royce was really great - he drove us up to the site and gave us an hour tour around the site. We the checked out the Dwellings...More

2  Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

We did the Adventure Tour with Cheyenne as guide. Top mesa has reconstructions of a summer village but excellent 360 vista views. Then you descend rock steps and a ladder to see the winter cave dwellings, As good as the views and site is, Cheyenne...More

1  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We drove to these puye cliff dwelling not expecting too much. Our expectations were greatly exceeded. We were able to go up the trail and see right into the dwellings. My Mom is 95 and we went up the trail to the first level of...More

1  Thank 723jackie
Reviewed 1 August 2018

this was my second visit to puye cliff dwellings. i was so happy to have cheyenne again as my guide. she is so knowledgeable and easily weaves together the history of her people to this special place. thanks, cheyenne, for being so patient with my...More

2  Thank Patte R
Reviewed 29 July 2018

My husband and I had never heard of the Puye Cliff Dwellings but noticed them on our map while we were driving to Santa Fe. We are so glad we stopped!! These are the best cliff dwellings we've seen. Our tour guide was a local...More

Thank Kathryn S
Reviewed 20 July 2018

We opted for the mesa and cliff 1-hour tour. All tours are guided, partially to protect the ruins from vandalism. Our tour guide was Steven, who is a descendant of the pueblo people. His grandfather took the family to go to Chicago but Steven was...More

2  Thank Matthew J
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Ruth H
5 October 2018|
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Response from Charlotte M | Reviewed this property |
I paid with a credit card;I arrived just as the van was leaving so I was allowed to pay afterward. Do check to be sure it's open. I paid for my admission and a couple of items, and the young lady was leaving as soon as I... More
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