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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  • Smaller than I thought but still a lot of fun! Love that you can walk through everything. The gift shop is HUGE and has something for everyone. Dogs are aloud everywhere, even the gift shop which is extremely nice! $10 a person seems kinda high. We were thinking $5 a person or $10 a car is fair.
  • Great little stop in Manitou Springs. Great for the whole family! A walk through of the dwellings gives an authentic feel of what life may have looked like for the Native Americans who lived there. During the walk through there were very informative signs along the walls or in front of different spaces. I highly recommend this for anyone who appreciates the culture of a beautiful people devastatingly driven from the land they occupied for centuries. The little gift store was cute and doesn't take away from the experience like many gift stores at nature sites like this one. I would make it a priority during a trip to Manitou Springs!
  • A little bit of a tourist trap vibe - and trust me, coming from Florida, land of tourist traps, I can sniff them out - but doesn't detract from a glimpse at what life may have been like for the people of this culture. While these particular dwellings were relocated from elsewhere, they are a good representation nonetheless. The exhibits are interesting and informative. A worthwhile stop along highway 24, and certainly worth the drive out from Colorado Springs if you're in the area.
  • I got the take an out of country friend to the Cliff Dwellings recently... as an architect student, she was really quite impressed with the dwellings. Just the same, I was proud the have such a unique and affordable attraction in our backyard. 10/10 worth it and would recommend. Pet friendly, so bring your llamas! 🦕
  • This place is an amazing stop to make with the family if you're spending time in Colorado Springs/ Manitou Springs. The dwellings themselves are fascinating, and the self guided tour plaques make for a great educational experience. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop. It's a bit of a maze, but the fudge is amazing. We got a coupon from the ticket office for buy a pound get half a pound free. An amazing treat to add to your day!

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