The Under-Appreciated New Mexico Cliff Dwellings You Probably Haven’t Seen But Should Visit Soon

There are a number of ancient cliff dwellings in New Mexico. Maybe you have been to some of the more well-known among them, like Chaco Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, or the Gila Cliff Dwellings. However, the Puye Cliff Dwellings are an often overlooked gem. Take a look.

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Address: 300 Hwy 30, Española, NM 87532, USA
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Cliff Dwellings In New Mexico

May 14, 2020

What underrated places in New Mexico should I visit?

There are tons of interesting places to see in New Mexico that more people should know about. If you like architecture like pueblos, you’ll love the Poeh Museum in Pojoaque. It will draw you in with its beautiful look outside and in, as it takes you through history. New Mexico is famous for its spectacular hot air balloon festival, and you can explore the world of hot air balloons any time of year at the lesser-known Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.

What are the oldest dwellings in New Mexico?

The pueblo history of New Mexico is very rich, with many of them dating back to hundreds of years ago and still existing today. The oldest, continually-inhabited place in not only New Mexico but the entire country is the Acoma Pueblo. It has been around since the 12th century, believe it or not, and the earthen buildings are wonderous to behold in person. There has been a church there, the San Estévan del Rey Mission, since 1640. That isn’t the oldest church in New Mexico, however, as that title belongs to the San Miguel Mission, built around 1610. It is known to be the oldest church in the entire United States!

What are the most well known pueblos in New Mexico?

When it comes to historic buildings in New Mexico, pueblos are definitely the most popular. From the distinctive style and forms to the immense amount of culture they hold, people love to visit places like the Gila Cliff Dwellings and Taos Pueblo. The latter is iconic in the Land of Enchantment with its cluster of buildings that have been around for over 1,000 years. You can even visit pueblos that are thought to have been made around 750 AD, at the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The ancestral pueblo dwellings that remain there are only ruins now, but you can still clearly see what used to stand there long before anything else we know today was around.

Address: 300 Hwy 30, Española, NM 87532, USA