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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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Amazing history

Although a little pricey, my family and I had a great time! We learned a lot about the history of the dwellings and the people who inhabited them. The gift shop and museum was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This place takes you back in time and lets your imagination soar. You think about what life would have been like back when the Indians lived there. Take the time to see this. You will enjoy every minute.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Although a little pricey, my family and I had a great time! We learned a lot about the history of the dwellings and the people who inhabited them. The gift shop and museum was huge and you can find a lot of cool things and souveneirs to bring home. Being able to go through the dwellings gives you a real... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

These are not original or restored cliff dwellings. They were created around the turn-of-the-century using stones from a collapsed Anasazi site in S.W. Colorado. Cliff dwellers never lived anywhere near here. I'm not saying I didn't learn anything or that I hated it, but I am saying I felt duped. Wikipedia tells all, with sources. Now I am determined to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I stopped here with our two kids (9 yo daughter and 12 yo son). The cliff dwellings are replicas and there really isn't much to see. You can walk through them and there are some informative facts, but there just isn't much there. My kids enjoyed it though. Then, to get into the indoor museum, you must... More 

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Loomis, Nebraska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I'll rate it, "Very Good", but that's because the scenery was truly amazing! And walking through the dwellings was very interesting. We could see how the former residents lived and functioned in their day. That part was really neat...but of course, being an attraction, we were bombarded with an abundance of gift-shop space and local peddlers out front. But if... More 

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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting. Both young and old enjoyed it. We had 5 year old and a 21, 23, 25 and 56 year old in our group and we all enjoyed it very much.

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The cliff dwellings were very interesting. Loved walking around and in them. The museum was interesting, as well. It was very close to Manitou Springs where we were staying at the Cliff House.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

unlike many archeological attractions which can be largely foundations and partial walls, manitou dwellings are intact and accessible. they show us what life could have been like for indigenous people many years ago. if nothing else, it is a great place to bring the kids.

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Macon, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The meticulously restored cliff dwellings were very eye-opening. It is informative to see how little space a family of FOUR resided in before modernity's obsession with STUFF.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The cliff dwellings are a great historical site. It is neat that the kids are allowed to climb some ladders to explore the upper levels of the dwellings. The museum and gift shop inside the 100+ year-old building will take some time as well, but it is well worth it.

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Additional Information about Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum

Address: Address: US Highway 24 West, P.O. Box 272, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone Number: 719-685-5242
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  El Paso County  >  Manitou Springs
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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