Friday, March 30, 2012

3-30-12 Puye

The Puye Cliff Dwellings have been carved into the Jemez Mountains for more than a millennia.

Here, in 1974, we had them to ourselves, to climb and explore. At the base you could sift through the sand and find bits of ancient pottery shards by handful.

The Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 destroyed much of the Santa Clara canyon and closed the cliffs for almost 10 years.

They've reopened, but now you are on a guided tour, for $20 or $30 dollars, and I'm guessing you don't get the run of the place. 

(steps worn into the rock)


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