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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. To visit Manitou Cliff Dwellings and get the most from your holiday in Manitou Springs, create itinerary details personal to you using our Manitou Springs trip itinerary planner.
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  • We skipped the cliff dwellings on our first trip, but fell for the spiel on our second trip to Pikes Peak. We entered and paid at the gate, before you can actually see the dwellings. They are smaller ...  more »
  • We enjoyed viewing the ciff dwellings. It was a very interesting to learn about life of the American Indian so many years ago.  more »
  • We visited one afternoon because we saw it had pretty good reviews. I would agree it's not really worth the money. It's smaller than I thought and while you are allowed to walk inside and climb around...  more »
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  • Fascinating awesome place. Amazing how they could do this before the invention of modern tools and machinery. Kids loved it they were 8. Challenging if you are handicap and not in wheelchair. Many stairs. The gift shop was big if you like that stuff. Did find some things you don't find somewhere else. They also have a lot of stuff made in the USA. Museum was not all in one place mixed in with the gift shop. Place was like a maze.
  • It is an amazing place, very beautiful. Kids will especially have fun running around and through the dwellings. Yes, you actually walk inside them! I did find the entry fee quite steep ($10 for adults $7.50 for children) considering there isn't all that much to do in there and it can be done in under an hour, maybe a half hour. The parking lot is small, (maybe 15-20 spots?), but considering that people don't spend too long there, it rotates relatively quickly.
  • The dwellings looked remodeled and not original. It was also alot smaller than expected. The museum included 2 rooms with nice artifacts but some did not look authentic. I was only there for less than an hour. But on the plus side of things, the gift shop was REALLY nice. It was big and had lots of nice stuff for the dwellings & Colorado.
  • This is a wonderful experience to enjoy! You get to see how the ancient people of Colorado use to live. It's a nice place to visit once for the price. It's a little expensive but if you are a fan of history or archaeology then this is worth going to at least the one time.
  • I'm not a huge history fan to begin with, but I can appreciate things now and again. These dwellings seem more man-made than natural and it loses it's appeal. I understand the need to preserve, but it feels overdone. It is also super short. You could spend 30 minutes or less and see everything. I feel the gift shop is where someone could actually spend most their time. Just wasn't impressed for the price.