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Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum

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Address: US Highway 24 West, P.O. Box 272, 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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easy way to see cliff dwellings

If you can't make it further west to Mesa Verde, then this is the next best thing. It's short and easy drive with ladders to climb and cliff dwellings to explore. Huge indian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you can't make it further west to Mesa Verde, then this is the next best thing. It's short and easy drive with ladders to climb and cliff dwellings to explore. Huge indian gift shop with quality items.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum offers hours of exploring, views, walking, history, shopping, culture/museum, and is very entertaining. The Cliff Dwellings (Anasazi or ancient ones) were relocated stone by stone around 100 miles form the four corners circa 1901, and the museum was established in 1904. Moreover, the relocation of the Cliff Dwellings saved the Historical buildings from total destruction... More 

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Pilot Point, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

After recently discovering our Indian Heritage we decided to educate the kids. With no phones allowed we began a great day of visiting our ancestors homes. Recommended for anyone with native American Heritage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Viewing of the cliff dwellings did not take very long but there was also a museum to walk through. We enjoyed the gift shop as well browsing through and bought a few items to take back to our family.

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Hillman, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Loved it. Got to see first hand how the people of the dwellings lived. Very educational and interesting. Great gift shop attached to a museum. My husband and i had a wonderful time. Also it is located so near to many other sites you won't want to miss. I would definitely recommend stopping here on your journeys out west!

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is fun for a bit but it a small pueblo cave dwelling and a large gift shop. It was 30 dollars for 3 and we had some fun playing and trying to imagine what life was like back then. Be careful going up the ladder to the balcony on the left, my son came back with his hands full... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We were in the Colorado Springs area and saw this on TripAdvisor. It was a fun place to stop and walk around in the dwellings and looking around in the museum.

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The cliff dwellings presented here are not in their original location; they were moved from the Pueblo area in the early 20th century to become a tourist attraction. The actual cliff dwellings ARE real; there is also a museum inside with pottery and art from cultures which once inhabited the area. The advantage is location- the "original" cliff dwellings are... More 

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Virginia
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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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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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