Tag Archives: Pueblo Ruins

Puye Cliff Dwellings

The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblo, located in Santa Clara Canyon on Santa Clara Pueblo land near Española, New Mexico.  The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

The dwellings were carved out soft of volcanic tuff on an approximately 200 foot (61 m) cliff ridge.  The rock itself is relatively soft and can be excavated using wooden tools.

Native peoples first settled in the area in the late 10th century living in dispersed farmstead dwellings at the east side of the Jemez Mountains.

Puye Facts:

  • Up to 1500 pueblo Indians lived in the area between 900 and 1580
  • Largest complex includes two levels of cliff-dwellings and cave dwellings
  • One level of the cliff dwellings is over one mile long
  • Edgar Hewitt excavated Puye Cliffs in 1907

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Chaco Canyon

This amazing ten-mile canyon was a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250.  Located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico, Chaco Canyon was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area.

Chaco Facts:

  • Contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico
  • Preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the United States
  • Chacoan building may have been aligned to capture the solar and lunar cycles, requiring generations of astronomical observations and centuries of skillfully coordinated construction
  • Sites are considered sacred ancestral homelands by the Hopi and Pueblo people

This park is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.

Explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking and biking trails, campfire talks, and night sky programs with the National Park Service.  www.nps.gov

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