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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5242
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Interesting but short

Very interesting to see and learn about that part of history. I think a guided tour could have been... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
ftotheo
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saguenay
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Rude staff - stolen archeology

We found the staff to be rude when giving tours. They did not respect our time there and did not... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
alexf1347
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Colorado Springs, 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, 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 good36%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting to see and learn about that part of history. I think a guided tour could have been helpfull. Looks much smaller than mesa verde but closer to Colorado Springs. Price was ok.

Thank ftotheo
Reviewed 6 days ago

We found the staff to be rude when giving tours. They did not respect our time there and did not consider any of the cultural differences we had. The buildings were moved from another archaeological site which was kind of upsetting to know they stole...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very close to Cave of the Winds so a combined visit and then a stop in downtown Manitou Springs would give you a nice day. The dwelling is interesting as is the museum. The tax on admission is ridiculous.

Thank account4fun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

interesting but not worth the $10 per adult. i think per car would be good and fair . It cost me $80 for 8 of us. we stayed all of one hour

Thank JoeLNJTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this to be an interesting tourist attraction, although rather expensive for what there was to see. Car parking was challenging too, with limited spaces. However, the history and heritage was fascinating and well worth a short stopover of an hour or so.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is kind of a tacky tourist trap. It is merely a museum and is rather small. Not much to do or see. There is a small section of rock that is carved out and restored to show how natives once lived. There are signs...More

Thank colisto
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was so interesting and educational to see the actual cliff dwellings and to see how the Indians lived in such small, tight quarters. The museum is also very informative. Definitely worth seeing!

Thank Jenny31991
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing. Remember, the Anasazi were a smaller tribe, averaging about 4 to 4 1/2 feet tall, with about 8 family members per dwellings. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit back in time!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The buildings where transported from the Mesa Verde to their current location and reconstructed in the early 20th century and are in private ownership. They have been a tourist attraction since around 1907. Very interesting to see the way of life of the Anasazi, including...More

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

In the late 1800s, the government did not care to help protect any of the Native American sites throughout the southwest and pot hunters where looting and destroying sites digging for treasures to sell off. Our cliff dwellings were relocated here over 110 years ago...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've visited several times over the years and I enjoy the peace and tranquility every time I go. During tourist season, they have Indian dance demonstrations and talks. It's a self guided tour, so take your time. The gift shop has a wonderful selection of...More

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

We appreciate your review and are pleased you enjoy visiting us again. Early mornings and late afternoons are the most peaceful and spiritual times here, especially looking out over Manitou and the Pikes Peak region. Our tour is self guided which means you can move...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Manitou Cliff Dwellings would be much more interesting if the dwellings were actually real. In fact, they're 20th century recreations. Kids will have a great time running and climbing among the different dwellings. Make sure you check out the museum with its extensive collection of...More

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

We are pleased you found your visit here interesting but disappointed to learn you are misinformed. Our Preserve does contain actual real cliff dwellings that were relocated here over 110 years ago. In an effort to preserve and protect some of the ancient Anasazi culture...More

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Indybindy
3 October 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
24 July 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
3 July 2016|
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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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