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Santa Clara Pueblo

Fish-Wildlife-Natural Resources
P.O. Box 580, Espanola, New Mexico  87532
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Contact: Mel Tafoya

The Tewa-speaking pueblo of Santa Clara was established around 1550 when a drought forced their ancestors to move into the fertile Ro Grande Valley. Contemporary Santa Clarans believe their ancestors first lived in the nearby Puy Cliff Dwellings, including Top House, a ruined mesatop village built along a stunning cliff face in Santa Clara Canyon. Today, 10,658 people living on pueblo lands were counted by the Census 2000.

The pueblo's major attraction is Santa Clara Canyon, a deep, tree-lined retreat with several mountain-ringed fishing lakes, developed campsites and picnicking. With the proper permit, visitors can camp, fish or picnic in the canyon. There are both guided and self-guided tours through the cliff dwellings.

 

 

 

 

                            

Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission    P.O. Box 190  Mescalero, New Mexico  88340    (575) 464-8768