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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5242
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Interesting Place

We stopped here on our way out of town. There is a $10 charge per person to enter but it's very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Imyourtallcool1
Interesting and very well done

Not a large place but still very interesting and educational. The self-guided tour can be accessed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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At most museums, you hear, "Look with your eyes, not with your hands." Not at the outdoor exhibits at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum, where you can reach out and touch ancient Anasazi buildings. Explore the authentic Anasazi structures, investigate the Pueblo-style buildings and traditional clay oven, and examine the pottery, tools, and weapons used by these ancient and mysterious peoples. Open since 1907, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings have preserved these historic Anasazi artifacts for all to enjoy for generations to come. Get a hands-on look at history that the whole family will enjoy.
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US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped here on our way out of town. There is a $10 charge per person to enter but it's very interesting and well kept. You can actually walk and climb through the dwellings which is cool and educational. The museum is informative and interesting...More

Thank Imyourtallcool1
Reviewed yesterday

Not a large place but still very interesting and educational. The self-guided tour can be accessed via your Smartphone. Very well-maintained and with a wonderful gift shop. Very nice way to spend a morning.

Thank Tess S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is an excellent example of Native American culture and architecture. The cliff dwellings are interesting but not extensive. There is some steep climbs and awkward stairs. The gift shop and museum are very interesting. I feel it was worth the entrance fee.

Thank David W
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We pride ourselves on offering a direct hands on look into the past, marveling at the lives of the ancient Anasazi from so long ago. We are happy you enjoyed your visit and found both the cliff dwellings and the museums interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited here on our way back from Pikes peak at evening. It's a small place, can be done in 30 mins - but I suggest to take more time and relax. Soak up the history and try to imagine how life was back then!...More

Thank rutansh
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Toddlers 3 and under are free, adults with coupons are $9.00 and Seniors are $8.50. Most visitors are here about 90 minutes, exploring both outdoor ruins as well as the indoor museums. Thanks for sharing your visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are the most accessible of this type I have come across. The dwellings although not large are right across from the parking area. The self guided tour will take you about 30 minutes reading all the placards along the way. There...More

Thank Bubuflu
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and made it through to all the museums. Our Pueblo building was constructed in the late 1800's and remodeled over thirty years ago, staying in the true Taos Pueblo tradition of multi levels. Thanks for sharing your visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the Manitou Cliff Dwellings is to travel back in time. Even though it has some of the feel of a reconstruction, it is still evocative of Peublo life a thousand years ago. It's small size allows young and old to grasp the history of...More

Thank OldMillPa
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for sharing you visit and we are pleased you enjoyed your time travel! It is a marvel at how the ancient Anasazi lived so long ago!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great site to view history of our ancient Pueblo indian culture....to see this in person brings you back in time to the early Anastazi indians and how they lived...there is a museum to see the artifacts and read the history behind their...More

Thank James Z
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for sharing your visit with us. Our Pueblo building does house several museums with artifacts and ancient pottery, but please note that all of our skulls and skeletons are resin replicas, with the originals having been returned and buried in New Mexico many years...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cost is $10 a person to enter the grounds. The site doesn't feel rustic because it is so well "manicured". However it is very interesting and has lots of educational information. There is a gift shop and museum.More

Thank LaurieTEX
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Our grounds are very well taken care of as we take pride in looking nice and presentable to the public, we will take that as a compliment! Our Cliff Dwellings are preserved in order to allow a hands on educational experience where you can be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Manitou Cliff Dwellers museum in August while we were in the area. I've always liked going there. It's fascinating to imagine living as those Indians did so many years ago. The homes have been restored so you can take a walking tour...More

Thank Janet D
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The Anasazi culture is truly remarkable and it's always amazing to take a look back and think about life so long ago! We are glad you had a good time here. Don't forget to look online for coupons! Thanks for the review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was amazing being able to go inside and truly experience the cliff dwellings as well as reading about what life was like.More

Thank greenrose720
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Each dwelling has a stone plaque with information on how the dwellings were utilized, and we now also offer an audio tour using a smartphone or tablet so you eyes can wonder around the ruins while your hands explore and your ears do the listening....More

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Indybindy
3 October 2017|
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Response from Diana G | Reviewed this property |
I have been to both and there is no comparison to Mesa Verda, but if you are limited you can get an idea of what it was like by seeing the Manitou Dwellings. There is not much there so you would not need but an hour or two... More
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Melissa I
23 July 2017|
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Response from Tina C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the above reviewers. You can do as much or as little as you are able. You should still be able to see the things of interest without too much stress on your back.
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Randus H
2 July 2016|
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Response from Judi D | Reviewed this property |
No...the parking is very convenient. The dwellings themselves are not wheelchair accessible but very doable if you are ambulatory.
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