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Address: US Highway 24 West, 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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Take a trip to the past.

These cliff dwellings were moved to Manitou Springs to preserve them many years ago. In addition to the cliff dwellings you will walk through a Pueblo dwelling. There is a small... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

These cliff dwellings were moved to Manitou Springs to preserve them many years ago. In addition to the cliff dwellings you will walk through a Pueblo dwelling. There is a small museum with Native American artifacts in the Pueblo as well as a large gift shop.

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Maize, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Kind of cheesy and not that authentic, but the kids in our group loved it, and my mom really wanted to come here. We managed to spend a couple of hours here.

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Mont Clare, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We visited this amazing dwelling this past May and I continually return there in spirit every day ever since...Nestled in the side of a mountain in Manitou Springs, CO, I was so impressed that these incredible relic structures were here in this country long before Columbus ever sailed here...circa 1200 BC....The structures are preserved for us all to visit and... More 

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Knoxville, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Mesa Verde this is not . . .and yet, that is OK. It is a bit pricey for what you get. The thing my daughter really enjoyed was being able to actually walk in the Cliff Dwellings. It is a much different experience to go inside and imagine yourself living there, versus just looking at them. The museum is kind... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Try to go on a non tourist type day. Not a lot of room in the dwellings and you'll get rushed out if its crowded. Kind of expensive, but neat nonetheless. Amazing what humans could build hundreds and hundreds of years ago without machines and modern tools.

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Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Although a good attempt at looking real, I was a little disappointed to see that they were obviously fake. There was interesting information but a lot of the history was inaccurate. If I recall correctly, the Native Americans in this area were not cliff dwellers. If you have ever been to Mesa Verde, save your money and go elsewhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We travel to Colorado Springs every summer. Glad we had time to visit the Cliff Dwelling. Had fun exploring and shopping in the gift shop! This area is just beautiful!

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Del Rio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Great history site to see. The Museum was interesting with many displays of artifacts. Being able to walk into the dwellings gave you a personal feeling of what life could have been like for them. There are also great views of the mountains from this location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A very different type of native american pueblo, built into the cliffs themselves. This attraction has been privately owned by one family for several generations. They both protect the integrity of the pueblo, and give visitors a chance to experience this unusual piece of our history. Interesting for both adults and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

An opportunity to get the "feel" of a historic site, without roped off areas - a setting that allows the imagination to fill in the unknown. The cliff dwellings today are a "slick" presentation, mixed in with buildings from a later time period and a museum/gift shop, but somehow it works for me. It is pricey, well worth one visit,... More 

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Address: US Highway 24 West, 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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