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High in the hills above the Rio Grande River, members of the Puye tribe made their home in caves and in structures build into the side of the hills.  Impressive at a distance, they are amazing close up.  Living there from 900 – 1600 they used pottery clay and rock to create tile like floors and ceilings inside the structures.

Climbing along the ridges 6,000 – 7.000 feet above sea level takes the wind out of you.  So  I stopped to take many pictures of the incredible views and catch my breath.

Puya-Cliffs

To learn more about the people who called the cliffs home go to: http://www.puyecliffs.com/history.php

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