Exploring Puye Cliff Dwellings: A Family Trip

Guided by members of Santa Clara

Field Trip

Friday, June 12, 2009, 8:00 am–2:00 pm

After a nine-year hiatus due to the Cerro Grande fire, the Puye Cliff Dwellings have reopened. This historic landmark in the beautiful Santa Clara Canyon was home to over 1,500 Pueblo Indians, the ancestors of the Tewa people of Santa Clara Pueblo. In the Tewa language, the name Puye translates as “pueblo ruin where rabbits assemble.”

This adventure is kid friendly, and SAR families are welcome to participate. We will first visit the restored visitor center with its new interpretive displays, and explore the dwellings built into the face of the cliff. Later, participants can either climb the large wooden ladder and ancient stone footpaths or drive the road to the great “Community House” on the mesa. This extensive 740-room pueblo includes a restored ceremonial chamber and magnificent views of the Rio Grande Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Our Santa Clara guides will offer a unique Tewa perspective about these ancestral dwellings and the people who inhabited them. We will conclude with a delicious picnic lunch.

Activity Level: Moderate, a couple of hours of walking on trails, ladders, and stone steps through sunny ruins.
Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.

Cost: $50 per adult, $28 per child (4–14 years old). Includes a guide honorarium, entrance fees, and picnic lunch.

Transportation: Carpooling from SAR campus.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. To make registration equitable, we will begin accepting trip reservations Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8am to 5pm, for our Summer 2009 field trips. Beginning on that day, please call the SAR Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 to register or to receive additional information about any of these trips. Group size is limited. Reserve your space early.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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