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Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum

US Highway 24 West, P.O. Box 272, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
719-685-5242
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Loved this attraction. There was a coupon online at their site. It was fantastic to walk in the place where old Indian tribes once lived. The museum was the perfect length for our family.

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Ames, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Of the many things to do in Manitou Colorado the Dwellings are one of the best places to visit. They are very cordial, fast servicing people, and very clean facilities. I highly recommend the Cliff Dwellings to anyone!

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Port Orchard, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I was a little surprised that this ancient attraction is as open to the public as it is. You're allowed to actually walk through the dwellings, and go inside. The museum is quite interesting as well.

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Pasadena, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I enjoyed walking the cliff dwellings, and it is great that these buildings have been preserved for people to see American history. I really enjoyed the museum that showed the history of people and also on how the area was preserved and who has worked to keep it open. I was very impressed.

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

The Anasazi culture is a rich part of our history and it is great to see that people can come out and still grasp a little of what life was like so long ago here at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing. More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Be sure to let the kids explore and don't skip the museum. Respectfully done with great historical information. Great spot for a two hour excursion and only 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs. If you do the above, it's totally worth the price.

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

We are happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit! Hands on exploration is truly the best way to learn and enjoy history, young and old alike. Thanks for sharing. More

Sydney Australia
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350 reviews 350 reviews
194 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I'll be honest , I thought the entry price was a bit rich but they do keep the place well maintained & clean, so fair enough. For first timers this place would be a real eye opener and does give you a good entry into the Indian cliff dwellings of times past. But unfortunately I've been spoilt by Mesa Verde... More

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

Mesa Verde and Montezuma's Castle are truly grand! We are a small group of cliff dwellings with approximately forty rooms, twenty of which you can actually explore in side! We pride ourselves on offering a hands on educational experience unlike that of any other. We are pleased to hear the kids enjoyed themselves and had fun while learning about the... More

Forney, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Didn't cost to much to get in, doesn't offer discounts for AAA but does offer military discount. Was kinda interesting to walk through and learn some of the history which I love history but if you want pics of it with a good camera an lens you can get all the pics you would need from road because you can... More

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

We are pleased to hear you love history and what better way to appreciate history than to get a "hands on" educational experience. We have over twenty rooms that you are free to explore inside! We do offer military discounts with ID as well as many online coupons. The afternoon sun exposure creates for some dramatic photos with that beautiful... More

Denver
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is the best museum that we visited in this area. The admission was reasonable, free parking, there was something for all ages, outdoor time for the kids and you HAVE to check out the card selection in the gift shop. we are talking greeting cards for very, very specific subjects. I won't spoil it. I especially enjoyed the video... More

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

It sounds as if you had a great experience visiting our museum and preserve. Young and old alike enjoy exploring through the cliff dwellings as well as in the museums. Maria is very particular in her pottery making which is what makes it so unique. We are glad you took the time to watch her video. Thank you for sharing... More

San Francisco, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was a very interesting spot. I had never seen anything like this before but i'm not sure if it was worth the money. The place is dog friendly so you can definitely bring your furry friend. We got a military discount so it made it $1 cheaper each i believe. I'm not exactly sure how much we got off.... More

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

We are glad you found our museum and preserve interesting and took advantage of the military discount on admission. There are 20 ruins in which you can climb inside, each with a plaque of history regarding that room. Most people spend about 45 minutes exploring through the cliff dwellings and another 30 minutes or so in the museums. Our restrooms... More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I are new to the Springs area and were eager to start exploring the day we arrived. We decided to check this place out after spending a morning in the cute town of Manitou Springs (must see, arcade stellar!) Upon arriving we were excited about the location because the views were great but were taken aback by... More

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

We glad to hear your visit was informative and beautiful, but are sorry to hear that after two hours here, that you were still dissatisfied with the price. We offer many online discounts throughout the seasons to help out with the cost of admission. We feel our museum and attraction is priced competitively with other area attractions especially when we... More

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