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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 888-320-5008
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Historical and Cultural Gem

We were told about the Puye Cliff Dwellings about a friend and drove from Santa Fe on a Saturday... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2016
Karoline A
Amarillo, Texas
Tom O

There are many cliff dwellings around the southwest but this is one that should not be missed. It's... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2016
Tom O
San Diego, California
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
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Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 888-320-5008
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

We were told about the Puye Cliff Dwellings about a friend and drove from Santa Fe on a Saturday morning. Our guide, Sam, was extremely knowledgable about the history and culture. Indeed, he has a passion for it, and that was evident in his guiding...More

3  Thank Karoline A
Reviewed 2 June 2016

There are many cliff dwellings around the southwest but this is one that should not be missed. It's about 45 minutes North from Santa Fe and the Puye Cliff Dwellings history relates mainly to the Santa Clara Pueblo as this is where they started. In...More

2  Thank Tom O
Reviewed 31 May 2016

We visited here over Memorial Day weekend and were worried about crowds but because it is a privately run and funded by the local Santa Clara tribe it was not overcrowded. Our guide, Stephanie, was really informative and we found out so much about the...More

1  Thank Cindy E
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Visiting the Puye Cliff Dwellings Site is a wonderful experience. Tours of this nature are always much more meaningful and interesting when the guide is native to the area. In our tour, the guide was constantly referring to legendary stories that his grandfather passed on...More

1  Thank MartyG60950
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

This used to be a must stop for my family. Not so much anymore. It is overpriced and the ruins have not been maintained very well over the years. It's a beautiful place and you can feel how special a place it is but price...More

1  Thank gooner817
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Upon recent visit to New Mexico visted the Puye Cliff Dwellings. Had a fantastic guided tour of the Dwellings. Our guide was excellent. He was knowledgeable to the past & present of the Santa Clara Tribe, which was wonderful. He also educated the group about...More

1  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 14 May 2016

With 3 choices of tours, we took the one up on the top of the ruins of the pueblo. Our guide, a member of the Santa Clara tribe, has a vast knowledge about the culture and history of his ancestors who occupied the site. He...More

Thank pdm72
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I have to agree with all the recent reviewers--the past is indeed alive here, and it is a tremendous experience to have a guide from the Santa Clara Pueblo to share their history and deep knowledge. As another reviewer said, it is indeed "humbling to...More

2  Thank Diana H
Reviewed 25 March 2016

The ruins are alive with the Santa Clarans of the present and their spirits of the past. Two levels, comprising enhanced caves along a cliff and apartments on the mesa above, make the experience varied and interesting. The caves are reached by some steep stairs...More

5  Thank Cardinalis
Reviewed 22 March 2016

My wife and I toured Puye Cliffs with 'Sam' who is from the Santa Clara Pueblo. Sam had so many stories, of history, his history, family. He allowed us into the Kiva, and walked along the Cliffs. Well cared for. Great tour, take the full...More

3  Thank Paul N
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Carmen E
Is it safe for a 3 year old?
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
What are the current hours for the tour? Tripadvisor says the site is open: Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sat - Sun 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Is that correct? 6 at night to 10 at night? Thank you!
15 March 2017|
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Response from toelle | Reviewed this property |
I arrived only to find there were giving no tours for 2 days. When I asked the reason, they only pointed to a sign announcing the change. Can't imagine anyone wanting to go on a tour in the dark when it's tough enough to... More
I can't seem to reach anyone to get a guided tour. The 888 phone number is out of service. Can anyone advise what number to call to set this up?
14 March 2017|
Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
It's not necessary to arrange a tour in advance. Just show up at the visitor center at the entrance and you can get a tour on site. Ignore the sign at the huge gate next to the gas station/tribal center that says, "Tour... More