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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5242
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FUN & PERFECT

Great experience and great gift shop! I have been here several times. The dwelling were unique... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Julie H
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Great place for a quick visit

I visited here alone after having been to the Garden of the Gods. It was only a matter of miles... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 via mobile

Great experience and great gift shop! I have been here several times. The dwelling were unique, well keep, and accessible. The gift shop had unique gifts that were high quality and the museum was amazing!

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited here alone after having been to the Garden of the Gods. It was only a matter of miles away. There is a $10 fee to enter - I think this is per car, but I can't recall exactly. Once I was at the...More

Thank Kaygee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 what is valued the most.More

Thank Donna H
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are pleased that you enjoyed exploring inside the ruins, and yes they have been preserved in order make them safe and to allow visitors to touch and explore inside twenty ruins for a unique hands on experience into the past. Our pueblo building houses...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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, of course

Thank joeybaloney
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing your visit and we are pleased you enjoyed your look into the past!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I knew these were built as replicas of actual cliff dwellings in another part of the state. Having visited Mesa Verde and sharing that experience with my daughter, I wanted her to see for herself what that life would have been like. It is not...More

Thank EclecticNature
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our cliff dwellings were in fact relocated here over 111 years ago in an effort to preserve and protect them for future generations to explore and appreciate the ancient Anasazi culture. We are happy you and your daughter shared that experience and that she had...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the four corners area so thought this would be a neat stop. Prior to entering, we felt's there was something oddly off about this place. It was a little too polished. While they don't really come out an say it, these...More

Thank keithpieper
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

In the late 1800s, looters and pot hunters were destroying cliff dwellings and Native sites across the southwest looking for treasures and our government was not doing anything at the time to protect these sites. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings Ruins Co. was created in an...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I though it was a cool place to see stuff from the past. I think I could handel a vacation home in the rocks.More

Thank CaptainMorgan6
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

During the summer months, a vacation home in the rocks might be nice and cool, but during the cold winters, I'm not so sure it would be all that great! Thanks for sharing your visit and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your look...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our two granddaughters to see the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. We had a coupon, which made the trip affordable. Check out Groupon or Living Social. The girls really enjoyed climbing in and out of the dwellings, and there were plenty of photo opportunities. The...More

1  Thank PearlyGirl223
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with the grand children. Exploring inside the ruins is a great way to learn about a fascinating ancient culture. Our gift shop does offer many Native American made, Colorado, and U.S. made...More

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

This was a nice historical place to visit. We went here after The Garden of the Gods. It was a little hard crossing the hwy.More

Thank SweetMix
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit here as well as had time to visit Garden of the Gods, so close by. Highway 24 can be a little tricky and we recommend a right turn exiting out of our park for safety. Thanks...More

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Very inspiring, too imagine these were built so many years ago without the tools & knowledge available today.More

Thank Vicki B
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The ancient Anasazi culture is a wonderfully fascinating one to relic in the past and how they lived their lives so long ago, without cell phones, wifi, plumbing and heating etc. They were a very intelligent culture and utilized the land and nature to the...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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