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Puye Cliff Dwellings

Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Pricey tourist attraction

I loved going here as a child back in the late 1960's. It was closed shortly after I moved back to... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Espanola, New Mexico
Beautiful site

Fantastic tour by a local whose ancestors lived here millennia ago. Offered great insight to the... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Patti C
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The ancestral home of the Santa Clara people may be visited by guided tour to the ruin sites.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“adventure tour” (35 reviews)
“pottery shards” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Hwy 30 & Santa Clara Canyon Rd., Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-917-6650
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I loved going here as a child back in the late 1960's. It was closed shortly after I moved back to New Mexico in the 1990's and recently re-opened. However the tour prices are too steep for a loca ($33 for the entire tour). You...More

Thank btrujill0
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Fantastic tour by a local whose ancestors lived here millennia ago. Offered great insight to the area and to the location. There is an amazing amount of broken pottery on the ground. It should be left there. Nice little gift shop. Very well worth a...More

Thank Patti C
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I stopped by to get a quick bite to eat on my way home. I ordered a Frito Pie. It was reasonably priced and quite tasty.

Thank Don G
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

While visiting Taos we wanted to see an authentic historic cliff dwelling and found Puye Cliff Dwellings. It's about 25 miles SW of Taos. Admission is $10 and while guided tours are available it's really not necessary. There is a building, next to the ticket...More

Thank Bulitlist
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

The tour received was good but not the one we expected. They charged $20 a person and failed to mention the options (up the side of the dwelling or around the side of the dwelling.) The poorly built website does not provide any information either....More

2  Thank Tania B
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

We spent an afternoon at the Puye Cliff Dwellings at Santa Clara Pueblo. Overview: These pueblo cliff dwellings and ruins were the ancestral home of the nation of Santa Clara Pueblo, among others. Access to the site is only permitted with a tour guide; fee...More

Thank kmajewsk
Reviewed 1 September 2017

I've been to both Puye Cliff Dwellings and Bandelier National Monument. In terms of the grandeur and beauty of the experience, there's no comparison -- Bandelier wins. However, I saw Puye first and was totally charmed by the experience. My friend and I were the...More

Thank beauxmots
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Ancestors of Native Americans lived here in rooms carved into the side of a cliff. Visitors walk from a reception building up a trail to the cliffs. A small room in the reception building houses displays and background information. Admission is $10 per person. The...More

Thank willbk
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We loved this place! We had seen the sign while driving to Los Alamos and made a second trip to the area to see it. It was well worth the drive and the cost. Alex was a great guide, driving us to the top and...More

Thank Nebraska-girl-1983
Reviewed 11 August 2017

A wonderful experience,just minutes off the beaten path. These cliff dwellings ans mesa top adobe pueblo ruins are amazing. We had a personal guide, Emeric, a Santa Clara Pueblo Indian (yes, those are his self-descriptor words). We spent about 45 minutes in the visitor's center...More

Thank barnesmm2009
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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