Unlike most cliff dwelling sites, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings site allows you to climb in and explore, enabling you to imagine the lives of the Native Americas who lived here. You get to experience the spaces that were used for cooking, ceremonies, sleeping, and living, with replica artifacts in place. Something about interacting with history like this makes you feel like a kid again, sparking curiosity and imagination. It’s also more accessible than Mesa Verde National Park since the dwellings were actually moved to this location to preserve them.
“Authentic Anasazi Cliff Dwellings”
Explore the fascinating cliff dwellings architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs, Coloroda. Open 7 Days a Week (weather permitting) Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a rare historical treasure. Over 700 year old Authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, with 40 rooms await you. There are no "Do Not Touch" signs. You are free to touch and even go inside these fascinating architectural remnants of an American Indian culture that roamed the Four Corners area of the Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak, the mountain that provided the inspiration for the writing of, America the Beautiful. Over the years, Native American Indians - descendants of the Ancient Ones - have demonstrated their living culture through traditional dances handed down from generation to generation.
This place is pet friendly and definitely a good spot for kids as well. The dwellings are open for climbing and exploring. Really interesting site to see. The negative I would say is that the parking lot is like 30 feet in front of the dwellings, making it impossible to get a great picture of the thing or to feel what it would've been like living there. It took me about 30 minutes to explore and sketch. I didn't visit the museum/gift shop because I had my dog with me.
I was very disappointed. To me it looked very fake. Every thing was perfect. I don't think it is perfectly perserved. I think it is rebuilt and maintained. It has a huge gift shop and concession area. It is and has been privately owned and it is for profit. It is not a state or federal site.
Not free anymore.
Very fun for families (just be aware that the gift shop is full of expensive breakables with any child's reach).
We enjoyed this stop quite a bit. It's not crazy big but you can explore and learn a lot. My 5 kids from 3 to 9 enjoyed it!
We enjoyed our visit and had lots of photo ops with the kids! Learned alot about the people and wasa ble to go into the buildings and check out how the people lived. Worth the money.
This is one of the smaller cliff dwellings I've visited. However, it is definitely the most preserved and extremely beautiful landscape. It is well worth a visit!
We had so much fun here! My 6 and 3 year old boys had so much fun exploring the cave dwellings, and my dog was very happy she could accompany us everywhere...even in the museum and gift shop! Everyone who worked there was super friendly, and the view was breath taking. Also, it's not far off the highway and easy to get to. Definitely a must see! Also a bonus...kids under seven are free!
Absolutely love Manitou Springs, CO! The cliff dwellings are a must see!
Very touristy. Lots of kids. Great history and amazing views though!
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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Good for adventurers and cultural-travelers.
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