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Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum

Address: US Highway 24 West, P.O. Box 272, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone Number: 719-685-5242
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: At most museums, you hear, "Look with your eyes, not with your hands." Not at the outdoor exhibits...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

i wish they had been more clear in advance that these cliff dwellings were moved from their original location. Huge gift shop, tiny museum. Not worth the price.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings within the Colorado Springs greater City area is one of the most accessable of its type in South Western USA. Whilst not as large and imposing as some of it's more prominent counterparts, this attraction has much to offer due to its proximity to the city and the care and attention it has received over... More 

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Ojai
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great place to enjoy nature at its best! Natural rock formation and hiking to the cliffs for a view out of this world.

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Colorado Springs
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was an interesting attraction. While no one actually lived in the cliff dwellings at this location (they were moved here from the four corners, where Colorado meets with Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico), it was still cool to see the structure. We went on a weekend that the rescued wolves were visiting. There are tight spaces to navigate in... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Wish I knew beforehand that no one actually lived here. I figured they did but then read otherwise online . It was cool to walk through the museum and see the exhibits though. I learned a lot.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The dwellings were fun to walk through and learn more about but the facility was way too expensive. I would not recommend going for that reason only. Dog friendly!

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Brayme
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We took our four year old granddaughter to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. She enjoyed climbing up and down the ladders but this site is so the climbs are not very high, eight feet at the most. She was able to grind corn with stone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

I saw a T.V. show on this and was so interested that I just had to look up everything on the internet. I am now making plans for this to be a great vacation for me. You can't beat all there is to do and see for the price you pay. It seems like a fantastic value to me.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We stopped by the Cliff Dwellings on our way out of town. We enjoyed the various buildings, and the museum had quite a bit of memorabilia from various eras. The museum and gift shop staff was very warm and friendly and even answered a few of my "dumb" questions.

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Moreno Valley, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you are not up to hiking trails or driving dirt roads to reach cliff dwellings in the original locations then this will provide you a convenient look at history. If I was a kid I would have enjoyed running through the buildings and up the ladders and peering through the small openings for hours. So its a cool place... More 

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