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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5242
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We were disappointed with the cliff dwellings- their size and the concrete stairs and handrails... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anne C
Secret charm!

My family went to Colorado Springs for a long weekend and we had never heard of the Cliff... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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, 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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  • Very good37%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were disappointed with the cliff dwellings- their size and the concrete stairs and handrails that took away from the authenticity. It probably was perfect for families with small children, but disappointing for older kids who wanted to climb. For us- a carload of 5-...More

Thank Anne C
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are sorry to hear you were disappointed and did not get the most out of your experience. Due to the fact that we allow hands on exploring inside the ruins, the railings and concrete stairs are there for safety and insurance purposes to allow...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My family went to Colorado Springs for a long weekend and we had never heard of the Cliff Dwellings! Our children (3 and 1) had SO much fun and my husband and I found it very interesting! Its a great place to go for a...More

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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for sharing your visit, it sounds as if you had a great time!

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Neat history lesson. The dwellings are really interesting. There is a lot of information to read in the Pueblo.

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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting with us and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time here! Hands on history lessons are the best!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My Inlaws (both early 70’s), myself, and children (11,8)spent a weekday afternoon here. It was busy but not overly crowded. They offer both Senior and Military discounts if that applies to your group. My son (8) could have stayed for hours exploring the dwellings. He...More

Thank Carolinas704
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are pleased you and your family enjoyed exploring through the ruins and the museums, thanks for sharing. Closed toed shoes are recommended as we have loose gravel throughout the walkways between ruins. Remember, the Ancestral Puebloans were about four to four and a half...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at the cliffs dwellings for a few hours. Interesting history. Kids had fun climbing through the dwellings. Easy stop without excessive hiking, which the kids were a fan of. Pleasant stroll for fudge through the visitor center also. Worth one time stop.

Thank pfavia
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for sharing your visit and for the nice review. We are gllad you got to taste some of our homemade fudge, what a nice summer treat!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped off here after a morning of hiking at Garden of the Gods. Not a bad admission fee. We liked that it was a self-guided tour. We didn’t do this, but they offer an audio tour via QR codes. Perfect to...More

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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mornings and evenings are the most peaceful, but exploring inside the dwellings on those hot afternoons sure does take the edge off the heat! Those Ancestral Puebloans were on to something! The audio tour works with smartphones, tablets, and laptops by scanning a QR code...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting to stop and see. You are allowed to get up close and explore the dwellings. Neat artifacts are also on display. Neat stop when in the area.

Thank 86MissyJ
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for you review and we are glad you stopped in! We are pleased to offer a hands on history lesson! Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We toured the dwellings at the end of May and enjoyed the self tour and museum. Much to learn but if you wanted to just explore you can do so quickly. Perfect for our group of grandparents, parents, teens and tweens.

Thank Leesemd
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your review! Sounds like the whole family had a nice visit! Thanks for sharing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was very excited to visit this place. It is small but very interesting. Reasonably priced and great gift store with locally made items.More

Thank catharine h
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are definitely small in comparison to Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, but we are not short on history and beauty! Our Preserve is comprised of forty ruins, twenty of which you can explore inside, looking back into the life of the Anasazi some 800...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Considering that the creator disassembled cliff dwellings and reconstructed them hundreds of miles from the original, this is a remarkable display of early Puebloans. Good gift shop. Not a good assortment of foods.More

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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us exploring through the ruins and the museums. Our Kokopelli café is only open from Memorial Day till Labor day and does carry a light menu of hot dogs, bratwursts, nachos, ice cream, soft pretzels...More

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Indybindy
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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Melissa I
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Tina C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the above reviewers. You can do as much or as little as you are able. You should still be able to see the things of interest without too much stress on your back.
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Randus H
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Response from Judi D | Reviewed this property |
No...the parking is very convenient. The dwellings themselves are not wheelchair accessible but very doable if you are ambulatory.
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