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“Not original, but still interesting”

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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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.
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The first thing you need to know is that the cliff dwellings are not in their original location - they were moved many years ago - and they are not very extensive. The second thing to know is that moving and preservation were done very well, and the information provided is very interesting. If you are a gift shop fan, you will be thrilled, because the gift shop is as big as the cliff dwellings.

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MNHefner, General Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Our hands-on educational experience allows you to explore the ruins on a self-guided tour. The relocation in 1904 allowed for a cement mortar to be utilized to stabilize and preserve the structures. The Pueblo building houses three museums and a tasteful gift shop.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

This was a really neat attraction. I really enjoyed our self guided tour of the dwellings. It was very informational and inspirational. They have a nice museum and gift shop. We bought our dog an Antler bone to chew on there. I had never seen these and he loves it. Also, the day we were there they had 2 wolves there and you could pet them and hear all about them.

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MNHefner, General Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

We are glad you had a nice experience at the museum and gift shop. Happy to learn you had the pleasure of visiting while the wolves were on site. Please check out our facebook page or website for other future events. We hope to see you again

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We enjoyed the Cliff Dwellings tour as part of our week-long stay in the area. Very informative. The tour guide was excellent.

1  Thank Jenn T
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MNHefner, General Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

The Pikes Peak region is rich in history and culture. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings offers a “walk Through History” like no other. The self-guided tour allows you to explore at your own pace. Don’t miss the audio/visual tour you can access from a hand-held digital device.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

It was $9.50 per adult to enter.....the cliff dwelling is small but interesting. The museum is serviceable.....the gift shop is GIGANTIC. If you want to see cliff dwellings...hit Mesa Verde.....

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MNHefner, General Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Though the National Park is 6-8 hours away, you can get a glimpse of the Ancestral Puebloans way of life by exploring the Manitou Cliff Dwellings museum and preserve. Discount coupons are available in-line or in various local publications. We offer a self-guided tour of the ruins, three museums and Pueblo gift shop.

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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We very much enjoyed our visit to the cliff dwellings in Manitou. There is a lot of really great information, but only in written placards set about the cliffs and museum. The place seems really well setup for children, with lots of places for them to explore. It is a shame, then, that the attraction doesn't provide tour guides that would enliven the beautiful setting.

1  Thank madcg
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MNHefner, General Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Thank you for your suggestive review. We pride ourselves in being a family oriented attraction that allows you to self-guide through the ruins, while being educational and hands-on. We do offer an audio/visual tour you can access from your personal digital device that can accompany your ruins tour.

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