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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Great view from visitor center

We didn't have time to do a tour, which would no doubt be wonderful. I'd love to come back and do... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sebastopol, California
Worth Visiting!

While I enjoy the similar dwelling at Bandelier NP, spending time with a tour guide who is a direct... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Terrebonne, Oregon
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't have time to do a tour, which would no doubt be wonderful. I'd love to come back and do the guided hikes which I'm sure would be very educational, from what I heard from tourists upon their return. Don't be fooled by the...More

1  Thank OnAJourney9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While I enjoy the similar dwelling at Bandelier NP, spending time with a tour guide who is a direct descendent of this site brought them alive. Our young guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about telling the story. I recommend taking the hike down from...More

Thank bk0reg0n
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our entire family (ages 12-56) absolutely loved our guided tour. There is so much history that dates back thousands of year. A must see if you are in the Taos area. Well worth spending an afternoon visiting this ancestral home of the Santa Clara Pueblo...More

Thank dichoidaydo
Reviewed 16 December 2017

I found the tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings much more interesting having the story told by a direct decendant of those who lived here instead of someone in a ranger hat. Our guide gave us personal insight of her heritage and answered the many...More

Thank hoef972
Reviewed 20 November 2017

This was two hours that will be remembered for life. Our guide, Stephanie brought history to life. Guides here are decendants of the original native inhabitants with a passion and love their work. The cost is a bargain for the experience and service provided. It...More

1  Thank Peter Z
Reviewed 17 November 2017

My local friend and I headed up here for a guided tour, not sure exactly what to expect. After 2 hours of an expertly guided tour (thanks to Elija Naranjo Smith, a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo, as well as a talented potter), we...More

2  Thank MemRunner
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We live in New Mexico, and finally made it to the Puye Cliffs. It was so worth it!! Beautiful area, spectacular views. The guide was very knowledgeable. the cliffs are just amazing, and it was especially fun to be able to come down the old...More

1  Thank Dulce_NMTurtle
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This was on our bucket list to do while we were visiting Santa Fe. The history of the dwellings was presented from a very knowledgeable guide that was a direct descendent of the People that inhabited them so many years ago. A wonderful and inspiring...More

Thank rrj2246
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Took the grand kids (6 years old) to the cliffs. Our tour guide was Elija Naranjo Smith from Santa Clara and he was terrific. The history of the ancient dwelling site, the connection to the ancient puebloans from the Four Corners area and life in...More

Thank Coloradonative8585
Reviewed 8 November 2017

On the way to the Santa Clara Pueblo, we came across a gas station and the gate to the Puye Cliff Dwellings. After a 15 min drive up to the visitor center we found that there were two different tours, one that walked around on...More

Thank tiedyedcat
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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