Puye Cliff Dwellings: These ruins offer a view of centuries of culture so well preserved you can almost hear ancient life clamoring around
you. You'll encounter dwellings believed to have been inhabited from 1200 to the late 1500s, many on a 200-foot volcanic tuff cliff face. The settlement typifies Pajaritan
culture in the placement of its houses and its symbolic decorations, and visitors can access the rooms and caves by sturdy ladders and steps. Petroglyphs are evident on
many of the rocky cliff walls.
There are two separate self-guided tours available:
• The Cliff Trail - This trail begins at the Visitor Center and leads up moderately steep rails and ladders past many of the ancient dwellings built along and into the cliff. Prehistoric stairways link the two levels of cliff dwellings to the mesa top and its great "Community House."
• The Mesa Top Trail - Follow the graded road past the Visitor Center and continue to the parking area on the mesa top. The ground there is generally level. You can visit the 740 room pueblo ruin and its restored ceremonial chamber. The views of the Rio Grande region are spectacular. There is some space available for picnicking.
Hours: CLOSED DUE TO FIRES IN THE AREA!!!
Status as of October, 2003: Will re-open once vegetation has returned to stabilize soil. Call (505) 753-7326
From Santa Fe, NM: Take St. Francis (285/84 North) past Pojoaque to Los Alamos exit, NM 502. Follow 502, turn right on NM 30, look for sign on left for Puye, follow road for about 7 miles to Cliff Dwellings.
Text from Frommer's New Mexico - 6th Edition.
Map and Driving Directions from Visit Santa Fe.com website.