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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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McKinney, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Surprised by the lack of dwellings to explore but we'll maintained and presented to the public. Good parking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We were intrigued by the amazing structures and history of the dwellings. We enjoyed the tour and artifacts in the museum! The kids loved the interactive nature of the structure and explored every single room.

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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Feels like a tourist trap when the attraction is smaller than the gift shop. You have to pay before you actually see how small the cliff dwelling area is. They do not charge extra for parking. A nice break from the pot smoke which was everywhere else in Colorado.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This felt like a tourists trap when it would have been a real learning and educational experience for our children.

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Apopka, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the Cliff Dwellings when in Manitou taking the trip up Pikes Peak. The Dwelling look pretty cool but they were actually moved to this location from the Mesa Verda area. So, I felt it was more of a tourist trap. Also, it was too expensive.

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Boston, MA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I'm writing this review because I don't want anyone to have to waste their money. This is just a tourist trap. The dwellings themselves are small but ok, I have some doubts about their authenticity given that they are relatively well maintained given that children and others are allowed to climb all over them and no staff were present discouraging... More

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Palmetto, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My family and I really enjoyed the Cliff Dwellings. It truly was amazing to see such history. I never imagined such a place and was truly amazed at what I saw. With other plans for the evening, we didn't have the time to spend as I would like, but we were able to see the dwellings in its entirety. I... More

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Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Was disappointed after learning that these came from Mesa Verde years ago and set up as as attraction and not original to the area.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It was really neat to see this, but it would have been better if there was guided tours as well. Would definitively be good for kids.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I was excited when I drove up and saw the cliff dwellings, but once I started exploring, I was disheartened to realize that there wasn't more to it than what meets the eye and what was advertised to me. It was definitely interesting and something I'm glad I saw, but the admission price for such a small area that could... More

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