Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Pikes Peak Region

Ruin · History Museum
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 Pikes Peak Region attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pikes Peak Region tour planner.
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  • 1st of all let me just say....Someone is going to reply, and say .. Oh we are sorry you did not enjoy your experience, then try to tell me that I should have visited all the rooms, and that this is...  more »
  • So Impressive the dwellings are! What an amazing feat! Beautifully sculpted out of indigenous materials to provide shelter and protection for the Native American people of early Manitou Springs area.....  more »
  • We found the dwellings fascinating, however it could have been improved with a guide to speak about the history.  more »
  • It's amazing to think people used these rooms as homes thousands of years ago! My adult kids loved it, as I did years ago, and a little 10 month old, newly walking, loved it and enjoyed it just as much! Really good museum, and fantastic gift shop--don't miss these! I loved that planted were growing that would have been used years ago for medicines and healing. A short but important thing for all to see, especially if you are short on time!
  • Really neat place! A lot of information. The stretch of houses isn't very large, but you can walk through them & there is information on a plaque that tells you information about how the room was used. There was a large gift shop as well as a small museum. The museum was great! I think I read just about everything I saw so it wasn't overwhelming. I dressed prepared to hike, but that was definitely not the case. Just wear comfortable shoes. I would suggest sunscreen if you're pale, but there was a fair amount of shade outside & we spent most of the time in the museum & gift shop.
  • What an incredible history here at the cliff dwellings 😀 the museum is super fascinating with tons of artifacts and photos from years back to present on the happening a at this location. Bring your camera 📷 for close up pictures and also for the views! It’s really beautiful. Make sure to drink lots of water when visiting, it’s high in elevation and gets really hot 🥵 there are some snacks here but not a whole lot of food options so head back into Manitou or Colorado Springs after your visit for a some food!
  • A step back into the history. It is great to know how the ancient civilization lived. How did their civilization nourish. The houses in the mountains are small. This shows how much bonding there would have been amongst those families that they lived in such tiny dwellings. Up in the middle of the mountains, the life would have been very hard in those days. Definitely worth a visit.
  • When in Colorado Springs, please visit Manitou cliffs. I enjoyed this little town so much. Natural mountain water. Great shops. And delicious ice cream to your taste. You'll love it there.

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