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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nice setup

We had wanted to go to Mesa Verde again but did not have time. First time trip to cliff dwelling... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
letsgo l
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Conroe, Texas
Like a Commercialized Mesa Verde

This is a fun, close place to go that's like a privatized Mesa Verde. There is a cumbersome line to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
SarahTSears
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Westminster, Colorado
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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...more
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had wanted to go to Mesa Verde again but did not have time. First time trip to cliff dwelling for one in our party. I thought admission was reasonable. Very enjoyable look back in history. The indian music in the background is a very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a fun, close place to go that's like a privatized Mesa Verde. There is a cumbersome line to begin, and the admission is pretty pricey, but there is a lot to see, and it's easier to access than ruins like Mesa Verde. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though these are a replica of the real thing in Four Corners this place is Awesome. It's very cool the way you can walk around in them to experience what it was like in another time. Great for small, or large groups. Just minutes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and took the time to explore inside the ruins, envisioning life 800 plus years ago! Thank you for your review and for visiting the Pikes Peak Region!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're traveling with young kids its probably a good stop. Not commercial but heavy on history although the structures are largely re-constructions from early 20th century. The small museum has some very good baskets and pottery.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are correct, we are heavy on history and offer a unique hands on experience exploring into the past, 800 years ago. Most of our visitors are here for an hour to an hour and a half, exploring both outside through the ruins as well...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very lovely trip it was so beautiful, I took my so who was 9 then he loved it. Being able to walk in and out of the structure was what he enjoyed most that and the gift shop/visitors center.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and for visiting us. We are pleased you son enjoyed his hands on history experience!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a hoky little (very little) tourist trap, with a pretty big gift shop. If you are into that, or have real little kids, maybe they would have fun running through some tiny re-created dwellings. My wife did buy a mug in the gift...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry to hear you did not get the most out of your visit. Most of our visitors are here for an hour to an hour and a half exploring through the outdoor ruins as well as the four indoor museums. Most visitors enjoy...More

Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

The dwellings did have some tight spaces, but well worth taking the time to explore. The museum had many neat artifacts. The gift shop had a lot of different souvenirs. The entire establishment was very sweet and pet friendly. The workers were very welcoming and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are pleased to learn you enjoyed your visit with us, exploring through the ruins and museums. Our staff enjoys meeting the four legged visitors almost as much as the two legged ones! Glad that you had a welcoming time here. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

I've always wanted to see cliff dwellings. This is a nice stop since it is not far off the beaten path. They are a small sample of ruins but shouldn't be passed up. Maybe an hour spent here.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Most of our visitors are here about an hour to an hour and a half between exploring through the outdoor ruins as well as the indoor museums. Thanks for stopping in and visiting with us.

Reviewed November 24, 2018

I visited Mesa Verde National Park this past summer and got to visit a cliff dwelling, but we walked on the outside. At Manitou Cliff Dwellings, you get to walk inside, and that was really neat. We visited at Thanksgiving, so it wasn't crowded. My...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2018

Mesa Verde NP is a fantastic place to visit and see some unusually large groupings of ruins and we highly recommend it. Due to our extensive preservation, we allow visitors the unique hands on exploration inside twenty ruins to really visualize and marvel at the...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit to the Cliff Dwellings and found that there is more museum information in the gift shop area. And the gift shop seems to go on forever... if you need local items or post cards this is a good shopping spot....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you for visiting us again, and if you ever return, you will have to try the audio tour using your smartphone as you explore through the ruins! Our Pueblo building houses four museums in all, each with informative displays, artifacts, and historical photos! Thanks...More

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December 12, 2018|
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Response from rkmstruwe5 | Reviewed this property |
It is all rock so in snow/ice it can be a little tricky. For the most part, our winters are also tricky. It could be heavy snow and 20, light snow and 30-40, sunny and 50 or sometimes even 60. Check the weather forecast in... More
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October 3, 2017|
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Response from Diana G | Reviewed this property |
I have been to both and there is no comparison to Mesa Verda, but if you are limited you can get an idea of what it was like by seeing the Manitou Dwellings. There is not much there so you would not need but an hour or two... More
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stobinsk
Denver, Boulder, Estes Park, Colorado Springs June 2015 (20 Replies)
Our family of four will be in Colorado from June 8 - June 16. We are flying in and out of Denver. My first thought was to sleep in Denver the whole trip and radiate out from there for our day trips, but now I am thinking it might be too much driving each day. I am struggling with the best route and how many nights we should plan on staying at each location. Any help would be great! Here is a list of places we would like to see. I'm just not sure how long to allow in each location: ...More
February 19, 2015|
Response fromalli|
I agree that you should not spend the entire time in Denver. I'd suggest heading to Colorado Springs first, then to Boulder, then to Estes Park / RMNP back to Denver. I would suggest you spend the bulk of your time in Estes Park, preferably during the week to avoid as much of the crowds as possible. If you can provide your budget and the type of lodging you like we can offer suggestions to that as well.
Lauren W
Syracuse, New York
advice on this itinerary... (21 Replies)
This ain't going to look good for some of you, I suspect... but here goes nothing. This is the itinerary I have planned for our upcoming trip to Denver (hubby and I): Friday 8/10 – arrive Denver 6pm Saturday 8/11 – Wolves @ Manitou Cliff Dwellings (1.5 hrs away) Sunday 8/12 – Bear Lake to Emerald Lake hike (3.1M) (2 hrs away) Monday 8/13 – Kayaking in Lake Dillon Tuesday 8/14 – Mount Evans drive in AM (1.5 hrs away); UTV tour at Camp Hale, 1-4pm Wednesday 8/15 – Botanic Gardens/Molly...More
August 06, 2018|
Response fromfv1989|
8/17 - Are you confusing the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway with Trail Ridge Road in RMNP? The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway travels from Black Hawk to Estes Park. You don't need to get an early start to drive the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. You definitely need to get an early start if you are planning to drive all of Trail Ridge Road as a loop trip from Denver. See my reply #5 at this recent topic which describes in detail making a loop trip along Trail Ridge Road from Denver. https:/…93630842
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stlm1
2nd trip to CO - attractions and day/overnight trips? (5 Replies)
In May we will be visiting family in Colorado Springs. On a past trip to Colorado we already hit a lot of the area attractions, including: Pike’s Peak Air Force Academy Garden of the Gods Seven Falls Manitou Cliff Dwellings Red Rocks Amphitheater Georgetown Loop Railroad Denver mint Keystone Rocky Mountain National Park and did some whitewater rafting (class II-III) So this time we’re looking for some new things to see/do in the Colorado Springs area, and also any day trips or...More
March 14, 2016|
Response fromroy p|
If you are looking for a quick attraction in the Colorado springs area, I would echo Helen Hunt Falls. Beautiful drive up to the falls. There are easy to difficult hikes in the area. Plan on an hour or so. More if you decide to hike.