Puye Cliffs, N.M.
A look at the Puye Cliffs.(CampPhoto / Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A person climbs up a long outdoor ladder toward the sky at the Puye Cliff Dwellings.(Eric Lowenbach / Getty Images)
A telescope outside the exhibit center gives visitors a close look at the caves and the cliff face at the Puye Cliff Dwellings.(Frank O. Sotomayor )
Puye Cliff Dwellings, leading to the mountaintop mesa.(Frank O. Sotomayor)
Elijah Naranjo-Smith leads a tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings on the mesa, which offers spectacular views of the northern New Mexico region and mountain ranges from Taos to Albuquerque.(Frank Sotomayor)
Remnants of ancient walls offer testimony of a village of Tewa-language people who lived in cliffside caves in the winter and in this type of structure on the mesa after.(Frank Sotomayor )
Blocks of this pumice-like material called tuff were used by the ancient Tewa people to construct dwellings and food storage structures at the mesa of the Puye Cliffs. On the side of the Puye mountain, the Tewa dug into the tuff material, which had been spewed from an ancient volcano, for cave dwellings.(Frank O. Sotomayor)