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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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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We were somewhat disappointed in the Cliff Dwellings. There wasn't much to them. These were moved to this location over a hundred years ago for a tourist attraction. So the that into consideration. They have a nice gift shop and some museum exhibits. Families with kids may enjoy it as it gives the kids some time to explore.

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Lorain, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This was a surprise! It's a small area to explore but we explored just the same. Very interesting to see how others have lived before us. It was fun climbing in and out and all around the dwellings. We'd go again!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The entry price is very expensive for what you get. The dwellings are not real, nor are they very big. The museum, like the dwelling, is also pretty small. It was kind of interesting to walk through the dwellings, but we were not impressed. I found it funny that the gift shop seemed to be much larger and more interesting... More

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Stockton, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Very interesting educational experience. Cliff dwellings were available to explore with descriptive placards. Gift shop was reasonable and extensive, with an area dedicated to children. Photos are encouraged.

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Corydon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We really enjoyed the Cliff Dwellings. The information plaques were great and helped you follow along on how they lived, survived and then disappeared during the drought.

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Seattle, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I know others didn't like the fact that this is a recreation, that no one actually lived here. To me, this is really an accessible location, that's close to civilization. In other words, you can get your car really close. We did this before driving all the way to Mesa Verde. But on hindsight I would have just visited this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

These were the first cliff dwellings I had ever seen, and loved the fact that you could enter into the dwellings and get a sense of how they served as living quarters. Each room/area was carefully described. I went there early in the morning and there was a very beautiful, peaceful sense of place. A must see for visitors to... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

At the foot of Pikes Peak, this attraction is a preservation of the Anasazi Indians cliff dwellings. What makes it unique, is that one is able to physically touch and go inside parts of the remnants of this historical treasure. Next to the dwellings is a 3-stroy Pueblo-style building that houses exhibits and small museum. There is also a very... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Neat to see the dwellings, you can see them in less then 20 minutes, it's the small museum and large gift shop that makes the visit last an hr or more. Items in the shop can be over priced but if you don't find something in your price range, you aren't looking at all because there's so much stuff in... More

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Williston, North Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

did not look like it was as original as it was supposed to be, gift shop was overpriced and selection not that great

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