Monday, November 1, 2010

The Remarkable Puye Cliff Dwellings

While the cliff dwellings of Bandelier are the most well-known in the area, we highly recommend that our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn make a point of visiting the less-frequented ruins of the Puye Cliffs.  Here you will have the opportunity to see stunning vistas and petroglyphs, along with cliff and cave dwellings of the ancestors of the Santa Clara tribe.

The Puye Cliff dwellings, inhabited from 900 to 1580 AD, consist of two levels of cliff and cave dwellings cut into the side of the cliff, as well as examples of early Pueblo architecture that were built on the top of the mesa.  Paths, stairways and ladders were constructed to connect the various levels. 

Tours run seven days a week, though you will want to check the calendar for closures due to weather and holidays.  The 2 1/2 hour Puye Adventure is a fairly steep $35 ($33 for children under 14 and seniors), but well worth the price.  It will give you access to the cliffs as well as the mesa and you will leave with a great understanding of the area's history and its people. Please allow approximately one hour to get to the Puye Cliff Dwellings from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.

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