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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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  • So after reading up on the site it sounded interesting. After paying and pulling in my first reaction was- that's it? It can be walked in and out of within 30 min. It was interesting. We walked throug...  more »
  • They charge you for entry and parking before you can see it. There isn't a whole lot to see. The "museum" is in the middle of a big, cheesy gift shop, without much in it. 
  • Excellent visit on hot October day. Fascinating site with plenty of explanatory signs. Very extensive gift shop nearly as informative as the museum part. 
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  • The Cliff Dwellings were pretty cool and there is a lot of Native American history behind the dwellings. You can walk through the dwellings and follow along with the free audio tour if you have access to data through your mobile devices. Otherwise, you can also just read the descriptions from point to point. On the way through the museum itself are other artifacts and more historical information associated with the items. I did think it was weird that as you make your way through the museum, you end up in a souvenir shop, then another part of the museum, then shop, then museum. Perhaps this is a way to entice the visitors to make purchases while going through the museums. At the exit of the museum at the top of the incline is a replica of a Tepee that was used by the natives. Outside of that is a small cafe and t-shirt stand. A visit to the museum is relatively inexpensive, but definitely worth the visit when you're in the area.
  • I loved this place! Sooo much history here! Only downfall was the price, we go there a little late and they were only open for 2 hours so we asked if we could get a discount since we wouldn't have a whole lot of time and the guy at the gate seemed a little annoyed and said no. They do have a military discount which was nice. Still a little overpriced. We got in and realized you just kind of walked around and did a self-guided tour. I did like that to a point but I realized that we had more questions then answers. There were 2 museums by the gift shop which were super informational. If we had a full day to spend there, I think it would've much more worth the money. But the cafe wasn't open so we had to leave to go get something to eat. I don't see myself going back. It's kind of a one and done place.
  • This place is cool, but seems more geared towards the success of the gift shop. I liked that you could get really close to the dwellings, and the concept of being able to walk/crawl through the dwellings is neat; however, I feel like it cheapened the experience. These are ancient ruins and shouldn't be touched and crawled through by the public. Visitors should just be allowed to read the history, look at the beauty, but not touch.
  • Very nice reconstruction of Native American dwellings. If you are looking for actual dwellings, go to Bandelier National Monument, in New Mexico. Or several other places. Manitou Cliff Dwellings is very informative with the reconstruction & the museum is really first rate. We also enjoyed the gift shop, we will return when the wolves are there! It is not expensive at all, $9.50 per adult & a discount for using a credit card.
  • #1 Most of the structures are fake. #2 The structures that are real, where ripped from its original location hundreds of miles away and brought here. Very sad when you think about it. Don't think for a second that you are going to an authentic native American dwelling. Because it isn't.