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Puye Cliff Dwelling Field Trip

On May 13th some of the Coronado Historic Site Staff and Docents visited the Puye Cliff Dwellings in the Santa Clara Pueblo near Espanola, NM. The unexpected May snow shower made for a unique perspective of the site. The Puye Cliff Dwellings were occupied from about 900 A.D. to around 1580 A.D. The cliff dwellings were three stories high in some places with rooms carved out of the cliff (which is composed of volcanic tuff) with additional rooms built outward extending from the cliff face. There is also a large pueblo structure on the top of the mesa with almost 200 rooms surrounding a large plaza. To learn more about Puye Cliff Dwellings CLICK HERE. Photographs courtesy of Jack Ellis and Emily Sue Chambers.

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