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Address: US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone Number: +1 719-685-5242
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At most museums, you hear, "Look with your eyes, not with your...

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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On a fine November day we are able to take a leisure look at the Cliff Dwellings, walk around the Garden of the Gods AND drive to the top of Pikes Peak and back to Manitou Springs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not huge, but a beautifully maintained hands-on attraction. Lots of kudos for that. And the uniquely built historic displays and curated gift shop built into the side of (and under) the mountain are spectacular in and of themselves and are alone well worth the admission. I've visited what seems to be a hundred 'gift shops' at attractions over the years,... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a fine November day we are able to take a leisure look at the Cliff Dwellings, walk around the Garden of the Gods AND drive to the top of Pikes Peak and back to Manitou Springs by 2:30 pm. I doubt you could do that during the summer but it is possible Off season without trying for the land... More 

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Laramie, Wyoming
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins at Manitou Cliff Dwellings are imports, brought here in 1904 from the Four Corners area. Despite the fact that they don't belong here, they are reconstructed in a fairly faithful and engaging way. It'll do in a pinch if you can't make it out to Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, or Grand Gulch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was great. It was just me with a six year old and twin three year olds. Very accessible, historical, fun for them to run through and talk about how people lived. Not as expansive as the cliff dwellings near the four corners, but not sure I'd do that as a solo parent of three little ones! This was a... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 through the gift shop/ museum-which was very small. I would have bypassed it and probably tried another must see sight near by next... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice stop to see some history of the area. They relocated actual cliff dwellings from another location and they look just great. You can walk thru many of them. The museum is fine but rather small but fun to read about the history. However, the gift shop is just huge. It has numerous levels with lots of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a camping trip through CO and our stop in CO Springs had lots to do. We had about half a day before we boarded the Pikes peak cog railway and decided to visit manitou Springs cliff dwellings with our 5 kids (ages 3-11). The kids loved the hands on exploring the site allowed--hardly any "no touching the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were the first people to be there on Wednesday. We felt like we were back in time. Viewing the "ruins" and walking thru and around the structures gave us a deep appreciation for what ancient peoples had to deal with. We met and talked with one of the newly hired rangers. He was handsome, informative and showed us how... More 

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