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Address: US Highway 24 West, P.O. Box 272, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone Number: 719-685-5242
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Description: At most museums, you hear, "Look with your eyes, not with your hands." Not...
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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I didn't hate this place but we paid $19+ for two adults and we stayed there about 20 minutes. The person in front of us presented some type of online coupon that got them in what... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I didn't hate this place but we paid $19+ for two adults and we stayed there about 20 minutes. The person in front of us presented some type of online coupon that got them in what looked like for free. I wish I had looked on their website because I felt the place was pretty overpriced. We spent about 10... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of history here. Was amazing to be able to walk within the dwellings and realize the Indians spent year round within those walls. Museum is small but has lots of history. Only draw back is it is not handicapped and due to wanting to maintain integrity is not an option

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The cliff dwelling is recommended if you have not been to Mesa Verde National Park (also in Colorado). It's a good place for half-day trip. The visitor's center and gift shop is quite good.

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Arlington, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We enjoyed the cliff dwellings, the museum was not very big and it kept taking you through gift shops. Worth going to see the dwellings outside. They are cool!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings were great but they aren't very big. We took our time and lots of pictures but it only took about 30 minutes to walk though. The gift shop was nice though and large.

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Seffner, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This was very nice but was not the one I was thinking about seeing. I cannot imagine having to live in one of these. It would have been better if there had been some maniquins and detail added to show how the indians lived in these caves. It was hard to imagine what it would have been like having to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you can't make it further west to Mesa Verde, then this is the next best thing. It's short and easy drive with ladders to climb and cliff dwellings to explore. Huge indian gift shop with quality items.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum offers hours of exploring, views, walking, history, shopping, culture/museum, and is very entertaining. The Cliff Dwellings (Anasazi or ancient ones) were relocated stone by stone around 100 miles form the four corners circa 1901, and the museum was established in 1904. Moreover, the relocation of the Cliff Dwellings saved the Historical buildings from total destruction... More 

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Pilot Point, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

After recently discovering our Indian Heritage we decided to educate the kids. With no phones allowed we began a great day of visiting our ancestors homes. Recommended for anyone with native American Heritage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Viewing of the cliff dwellings did not take very long but there was also a museum to walk through. We enjoyed the gift shop as well browsing through and bought a few items to take back to our family.

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