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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  • Not very long visit, easy to access different from the other sites nearby. Go back. If you go more than once a year, buy the very advantageous pass!
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  • My husband and I stopped to see these cliff dwellings and enjoyed crawling in and around the site pointing out the cement spots. The museum was interesting and the gift shop was huge. Guess you know w...  more »
  • This is a small but interesting site of cliff dwellings. It takes about an hour to see the whole thing. Theres a museum and interpretive center showing how the pueblo Indians lived. Plus a gift shop, ...  more »
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  • A great trip through time. I walked and climbed through about two dozen cliff dwellings. These are thought to have been forerunners of the Pueblo Indians. The signs gave good description of the rooms and there was a small but free museum right next to it. Good size gift shop. The whole site can be seen in 2 to 3 hours.
  • 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.
  • Pulling up you can feel this place has an energy all its own. They do charge admission, but well worth it, and you know you help preserve this amazing piece of Native history. It's set high among the hills allowing for incredibly magnificent views. It still amazes me how these people with no modern machinery were able to dig a two story dwelling out of the side of a mountain. As you walk through the small hallways you see small rooms and staircases throughout the dwelling. I could smell sweet aroma of the mountain flower carried on the breeze as it naturally blew through this dwelling. As amazing as these dwellings are. The gift shop is no joke, being out of town this is the best place to buy souvenirs. We decided on fridge magnets and I am still kicking myself for not getting the sasquach socks. They have everything, and it is huge, rooms of beautify crafted jewelry, moccasins, an impressive collection of stones. Unfortunately the restaurant wasn't open. This was the best thing we experienced during our trip. I would visit this state just to return to this sacred place. Take it in and feel it's incredible history.
  • We adventured here on a Tuesday around 1pm. We got lucky and a school group was just leaving. So we had the place to ourselves. The dwellings have been maintained very beautifully. Walking through the gift shop down to the restrooms and museum was a beautiful walk as well as it’s built inside of the mountain. The dwellings themselves aren’t very big, so it shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes depending on how long you like to browse. We went and grabbed lunch after at a place nearby named Amanda’s Fonda. Amazing Mexican food! I’d recommend doing the Cliff Dwellings and Cave of the Winds in the same day as they are right next to each other.
  • An interesting location to visit to learn the intricate details of how and when the cliff dwellings came to be. You can experience the Cliff dwellings in an Hands-On fashion by entering the ancient homes and exploring or there are detailed descriptions outside of each location. It is a cool experience for young and old and I recommend it at least once. Also, the price is very reasonable and there is Museum, gift shop, and picnic area!

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The downtown area houses guests in lodges and or chain hotels. The town's 150-year-old Victorian-style hotel offers smaller rooms but provides historical charm, and it's withing walking distance to shops and restaurants. Booking a rental cottage or cabin just outside downtown puts you in touch with nature without being too far away from the activity in the town's center.
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