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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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Kingston, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A nice little area to visit. Admission was $9.50 per person. It took us about one hour to do the self guided tour. There is also a nice museum and gift shop. Interesting and informative.

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Sheridan, Wyoming, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Even though the cliff dwellings were moved to here, it's worth a visit to learn more about the people and their surprisingly complex construction. Don't think we'll ever get to Mesa Verde, so we enjoyed this visit.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The cliff dwellings are amazing, the area is fantastic, beautiful and awe-inspiring. Highly recommend this place if you're in the area of Colorado SPrings. Personally I felt a connection with all that had happened there in history. Parking was a bit difficult as it was very busy but was well worth the hassle to find a space. It's a photographers... More

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Burleson, Texas
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143 reviews 143 reviews
80 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We want to visit Mesa Verde at some point, but we noticed that this was in Colorado Springs so we thought we would give it a shot. It was a little pricey for what it is, but I was thoroughly impressed. The history here is really cool, lots to see lots to learn. For those reviewers who got through everything... More

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Lone Oak, Tx
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Im glad we stopped...it was 19.95 for the 2 of us. I was sad to learn the dwellings are replicas :( though they dont offer this information.

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Seattle, WA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were hesitant to go given some reviewers comments about this place being touristy. We were glad we went anyway because it was well worth it. The caves have been restored and rebuilt - so its not like seeing ruins in their originally found state. Actually it was better because restored to their original state you could walk through them... More

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Katy, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It is a small venue but walk through the gift shop that has integrated two museums and then walk the dwellings and it will make it worth your while and appreciation that someone actually took the time to save this treasure.

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Denver, Colorado
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We enjoyed our visit, it was cool to be able to walk inside the ruins. The museum items were decent. Not a must do attraction.

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Stuart, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Having been to Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelley and other "real" Indian ruins, this site is not. Although they have pictures of when this dwelling was in use, it has been cemented over and reminded us of a Disney type feature. We were disappointed, but proceeded to the gift shop and museum. We were pleasantly surprised by the museum, which... More

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Southampton, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The cliff dwellings were very interesting, and fairly well maintained. The shops were filled with trinkets, little to purchase that seemed worthwhile.

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