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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings

10 Cliff Rd, Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829 USA

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“Authentic Anasazi Cliff Dwellings”

Explore the fascinating cliff dwellings architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs, Coloroda.

Open 7 Days a Week (weather permitting) Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a rare historical treasure. Over 700 year old Authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, with 40 rooms await you.

There are no "Do Not Touch" signs. You are free to touch and even go inside these fascinating architectural remnants of an American Indian culture that roamed the Four Corners area of the Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak, the mountain that provided the inspiration for the writing of, America the Beautiful.

Over the years, Native American Indians - descendants of the Ancient Ones - have demonstrated their living culture through traditional dances handed down from generation to generation.

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Reviewed by
hamadu

  • 14 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
July 7, 2014

This place is pet friendly and definitely a good spot for kids as well. The dwellings are open for climbing and exploring. Really interesting site to see. The negative I would say is that the parking lot is like 30 feet in front of the dwellings, making it impossible to get a great picture of the thing or to feel what it would've been like living there. It took me about 30 minutes to explore and sketch. I didn't visit the museum/gift shop because I had my dog with me.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
scrowley

  • 2 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
June 13, 2014

This is one of the smaller cliff dwellings I've visited. However, it is definitely the most preserved and extremely beautiful landscape. It is well worth a visit!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
texag1999

  • 8 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
June 11, 2014

We enjoyed this stop quite a bit. It's not crazy big but you can explore and learn a lot. My 5 kids from 3 to 9 enjoyed it!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LukeBerreckman

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 12, 2016

Not free anymore.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Hewettfam

  • 5 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 21, 2014

Very fun for families (just be aware that the gift shop is full of expensive breakables with any child's reach).

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Paula

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 16, 2016

I was very disappointed. To me it looked very fake. Every thing was perfect. I don't think it is perfectly perserved. I think it is rebuilt and maintained. It has a huge gift shop and concession area. It is and has been privately owned and it is for profit. It is not a state or federal site.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mrskeaghey

  • 4 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 29, 2014

We enjoyed our visit and had lots of photo ops with the kids! Learned alot about the people and wasa ble to go into the buildings and check out how the people lived. Worth the money.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
2xMema2013

  • 9 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
September 11, 2014

Absolutely love Manitou Springs, CO! The cliff dwellings are a must see!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
skoeppe

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 21, 2014

Very touristy. Lots of kids. Great history and amazing views though!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sam.garrison.10

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 17, 2014

A very interesting place to learn some history. The kids loved it.

1 person found this review helpful

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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings

10 Cliff Rd
Manitou Springs, Colorado
80829 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free Parking
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