Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Manitou Springs

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Learn about the ancient Anasazi people with a visit to Manitou Cliff Dwellings, where you can experience the lives of these cliff dwellers in a hands-on environment. The Anasazi lived southwest of this spot, but the reconstructed cliff dwellings were built from pieces of the original dwellings found at a collapsed Anasazi site. The materials were transported piece by piece and placed together to closely resemble the original site. Because this is a reconstruction, you are invited to touch, feel, and climb on the dwellings. Notes posted throughout provide information on the Anasazi people and how they lived, but the reason why they left remains unknown today. The museum and gift shop offer further information on the history of this group. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Manitou Cliff Dwellings and many more Manitou Springs attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Manitou Springs tour planner .
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  • My 19 year old and 13 year old daughters were not sure about this place. When we got there and they could go inside and all around the dwellings, they loved it. After looking around and climbing all o...  more »
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  • A great extra thing to do if you are in the area. I wouldn't necessarily take the drive out there just for this. BUT!!! It was fun! Very educational! The cave dwellings are replicas but that was fine with me because I got to climb all over them and do some exploring!
  • It was amazing being able to go inside and truly experience the cliff dwellings as well as reading about what life was like. Each dwelling has a stone plaque with information on how the dwellings were utilized. It's fascinating to imagine living as those Indians did so many years ago. The homes have been restored so you can take a walking tour through them, and there is a nice gift shop on site. It's a good place for both kids and adults. The museum and gift shop is one of the best gift shops we have been in! The cost is reasonable. Side note: An educational film is missing. Had there offered some type of educational film we would have given one more star. Visited the Manitou Cliff Dwellers in March.
  • The first thing you need to realize with these cliff dwellings is that they were moved here from their original site in modern times. This site was created as a money making enterprise, and it shows. The so called museum is tiny, and wedged between two floors of the same gift shop. The intent is obvious. There are some small rooms and passages to move through in the cliff dwellings, which the children will enjoy, but it's hard to know just how accurate the layouts truly are. Given a family of 4 will have to pay about $35 just to get in, I highly recommend you give this place a pass and instead drive a few minutes away to the Garden of the Gods, which is truly magnificent.
  • This was a great stop on our Colorado trip. They have a great museum and gift shop. Friendly and knowledge staff. You can walk through the structure. The kids had a great time crawling throw windows and doors. It made for some great pictures. I would definitely recommend if you are in the area stopping to have a look for yourself.
  • Pretty neat. There is a lot of cool history about the people who once called these areas home. Very well done museum along with the cliff dwellings.

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