Yes, Puye Cliffs is open year around. We normally only close for our traditional feast days which are June 13 and August 12, and Christmas day. Weather, events, and special tours can also play a factor for unexpected closure. It’s always a great idea to call ahead of time and make sure we’re open. You can also check on our website at www.puyecliffdwellings.com or our Facebook page for any closures or delays.
Do I need to make a reservation to take one of the tours?
Reservations are not necessary. We conduct tours throughout the day. All our tours depart from the visitor center on the hour. As long as you get to the visitor within the hour. We can definitely take one of the tours without a reservation. However, if you would like to make a reservation you can. Reservations are normally for large groups.
Are pets allowed on the tours or at the site?
Unfortunately, we do not allow pets at Puye Cliff Dwellings. Since we have a large number of wildlife at our site. It’s best you keep your pets in your car or at home. We do have a lot of shaded areas in our parking lot, which you can park at to keep your pets out of the heat. If the pet is a service animal, this is the only acceptation for pets being allowed on tours and site.
How long are the tours?
We only offer three different types of tours. Each tour has its own unique areas which you can see. We offer (2) one hour tours which is the cliff side tour or mesa top tour. We also offer (1) two hour tour which is the adventure tour. The adventure tour is a combination of the (2) one hour tours put together.
What is the distance for each tour?
The cliff side tour consist of walking a paved trail which is a 100 yard incline. From there, we will walk a quarter of a mile trail. The trail is a little uneven. The mesa top tour consist of a half of a mile trail. The trail is even and plateau. The adventure tour is a 1.5 mile round trip tour. This tour consist of the cliff side trail and mesa top trail. This tour also consist of a 10 foot ladder and a 30 foot ladder. The trail also has a narrow trial that is craved out form the rock. For those who are not comfortable of the adventure tour trail. We do offer a van ride up to the mesa top or down from the mesa top.
How much are the tours?
For the one hour tours cliff side or mesa top. Adults are $20.00 per person. Seniors, college students, or military are $18.00 per person. For the two hour adventure tour. Adults are $35.00 per person. Seniors, college students, or military are $33.00 per person. We also offer group discounts for a group more than 10 people. For more information about the group discounts. Please contact operations manager Darrin Rock at (505)-917-6650 to get more details.
Where can I purchase my tickets for the tour?
Tickets can be purchase at the Puye Cliff Dwellings Gift Shop which is located at the site. We accept all credit cards, cash and checks.
Is there a self-guided tour?
We do have a self-guide tour at Puye Cliff Dwellings, however it is limited to a certain area of the cliffside. We are doing our best to try and preserve the area. Guest must be accompanied by a tour guide. However, our exhibit hall and patio area is open to public for free.
Is photography allowed?
Photography is allowed at Puye Cliff Dwellings. You do not need to purchase a photography pass to take photos of the cliffs. Photographs inside the Kiva are prohibited. There is absolutely no video or audio recording while on site. The use of drones is also not allowed.
Is there a self-guided tour?
Unfortunately, we do not offer a self-guided tour. All tours and trails, are accompanied by a tour guide to explain the rich history of the site and Pueblo ancestors who occupied the area.
In the early 20th Century, Fred Harvey built a bed and breakfast at Puye Cliff Dwellings. The remaining structure became our exhibit hall and gift shop. Access the site, take pictures and view the Pueblo ruins from ground level.