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Address: US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone Number: 17196855242
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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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Great little piece of history

This is a very interesting place to visit. I loved walking through the cliff dwellings, but could have skipped the gift shop and museum portion. Great for a short activity if you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very interesting place to visit. I loved walking through the cliff dwellings, but could have skipped the gift shop and museum portion. Great for a short activity if you only have an hour.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was very interesting to walk by these cliff dwellings and learn about the Anasazi culture. Definitely recommend you stop here.

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Fremont, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the reasons we choose Manitou springs was for the cliff dwellings and then we get there and it is closed. I had looked up info on the pikes peak website and there was no mention of it closing for maintenance. I think that should have been information that was front and center.

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MNHefner, General Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this review

We are re-open as of today, January 29th. We are sorry you did not get the correct information from the Pikes Peak website. Our website, facebook page and voicemail were all current with the most up to date information. We hope you can still come and see us if you are still in the area. More 

Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a non rushed and explore on your own kind of place...which we loved. Lots of history to be seen. The gift shop has some beautiful items.

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Plantation, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was so excited to visit the Pueblo Indian sites, only to realize that the sites I wanted to visit were closed in November. Fortunately, Manitou Cliff Dwellings was available. Note, these cliff dwellings were originally located at another spot, but as people kept pillaging and plundering the site, they decided to remove it and relocate it to this new... More 

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kimsheblue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I got to walk inside an ancient dwelling. Self-directed, without guides that make me feel like I might break something at any moment. Awesome. The plaques that explain things are very detailed, with diagrams of how people used things, were they slept, family formations, years of development and decline. Very details. I got to crawl down into their Kiva pit... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in December 2015 on our last day in Colorado. We had to cut short our time there because of a snowstorm.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Given we couldn't take off to Mesa Verde, we decided to see the closer to home Manitou Cliff Dwellings to get some more knowledge on the culture of the cliff dwelling peoples. That, at least, we did accomplish. These dwellings were relocated here and reconstructed. You can climb on them, walk through them. It is neat enough but very small,... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's cool to see the dwellings. You can go inside of them. My children enjoyed running in and out of the dwellings. Not anything spectacular but not bad to see once.

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's truly sad the things that were done by people in the past in raiding and destroying this beautiful site. They have done a great job in restoring much of the place without creating a faux experience. The entrance cost might seem high, considering the small amount of things to see, but the monies hopefully go to the continued restoration... More 

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