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Puye Cliff Dwellings

300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Great tour

We took the 1hr tour which allows you to see the top of the MESA as well as the dwellings. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ryan D
via mobile
UNANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY CLOSING FOR MOVIE FILMING LEFT VISITORS OUT IN THE COLD

Traveled miles out of our way to see the Puye Cliff Dwellings after checking their website to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Charlie P
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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300 Hwy 30, Espanola, NM 87532
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+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the 1hr tour which allows you to see the top of the MESA as well as the dwellings. Very informative. Slightly adventurous descent down the ladders off the MESA but nothing the average person couldn’t handle. Well worth doing the tour vs self-guided.

Thank Ryan D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Traveled miles out of our way to see the Puye Cliff Dwellings after checking their website to ensure they were open as others had posted about unannounced closings. We arrived to find the site closed for a movie filming. The Visitor Center staff told us...More

Thank Charlie P
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have found most of the reviews of this place to be pretty spot on. The physical site itself may not compare with some of the cliff dwelling attractions in other places like Mesa Verde or the Gila. What really sets this apart is the...More

Thank Bill S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An impressive example of how an ancient Pueblo community used different locales to live depending upon the season. The visitor's center is very nice and there is an exhibit of artifacts and an informative video. You can see the cliff dwelling from the center for...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

These are wonderfully preserved Cliff Dwellings with the added bonus of seeing Petroglyphs. The guided tour was the only way to explore the dwellings and well worth the cost. We were driven up to the top and then hiked down the face of the dwellings...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here on a side trip and we were pleasantly surprised. Our guide, Elijah was great and really knew his stuff. The architecture of the Native Americans was amazing. Well worth the small fee.

Thank Anthony P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a first class experiece, amazing scenery, exploring ancestral cliff dwellings. The tour guide, Alex, friendly and very knowledgeable. He is passionate about his culture and history.

Thank Janice R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a serene visit as we had the place pretty much to ourselves on a weekday morning. As you drive into the parking lot you can see the cliffs in the distance which is impressive but it can't match getting up close and personal...More

Thank Tarin W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings was outstanding. Our guide, Simon, took our small group of three for our one hour tour that turned into 3 hours. He was knowledgeable, personable, and entertaining. We learned so very much about the ancient people who lived...More

Thank Jeanie K
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Unique and interesting tour of the cliff dwellings and ruins of this ancient Pueblo. Our guide was very informative and responsive as we walked and climbed the cliff side to the mesa and back down again. Look for some petroglyphs and cave paintings among the...More

Thank Matty O
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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
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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
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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
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