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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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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I think that if you are going to see cliff dwellings you would be better off going to Mesa Verde for the experience. Still beautiful but not enough there to make it worthwhile unless you can't make it to the National Park.

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brisbane
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We understand that the ruins were relocated back in the 1880s, and are not original but we really enjoyed our wander through the rooms. We did not use any of the audio hook-ups which may have added more info but the signs and other printed info were quite informative. We also enjoyed the small museum. We have been to Mesa... More

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Houston, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place was okay to see but nothing special. Very touristy. If you are really interested in learning more about the local Indian culture, it's probably worth a visit. You can see this place in less than an hour. Cost is 9.50. If you are 60 or over, you get a dollar off

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West Jordan, Utah
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

An inexpensive stop to see and learn about the people who lived there many years ago. The museum shows events and photos of the time as well as the objects used buy the people. The gift store is really great with all kinds of cool stuff! You will never see this anywhere else and you get to walk through the... More

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Cleveland, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
45 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The ruins were very interesting but the museum could've been better. The gift shop is huge and has a lot of nice stuff to choose from. Don't miss the homemade fudge. It's wonderful. I probably wouldn't come here again but once was nice.

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Denver, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

we enjoyed our visit to the dwellings. it kept the kids and adults alike entertained and interested for a good couple hours. not expensive. educational, beautiful and truly a neat place to see. modern bathrooms and nice size gift shop. plenty of parking.

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Trenton, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was very informative and a fairly cheep adventure. The displays were informative. Had difficulty with using the app to have our personalized tour.

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Boone, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Unbelievable how beautifully made these ancient ruins are! The only sad thing was the unattended children running around climbing the ruins and screaming like it was a school playground.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Beautiful ! we loved being able to explore the dwellings, the signs were informative, telling us what each are was used for. the gardens are beautiful, and the plants labelled with names and what they were used for. we didn't have the kids with us for this trip, but we plan to return and share this experience with them !

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Austin, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you are traveling with kids of any age, this is a good choice to stop. I think it was a little price to get in ($9 for adults and $6 for kids I think) but I guess you are paying for the upkeep. Lots of interactive fun with tunnels and climbing. But also very calming.

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