Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Manitou Springs

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Learn about the ancient Anasazi people with a visit to Manitou Cliff Dwellings, where you can experience the lives of these cliff dwellers in a hands-on environment. The Anasazi lived southwest of this spot, but the reconstructed cliff dwellings were built from pieces of the original dwellings found at a collapsed Anasazi site. The materials were transported piece by piece and placed together to closely resemble the original site. Because this is a reconstruction, you are invited to touch, feel, and climb on the dwellings. Notes posted throughout provide information on the Anasazi people and how they lived, but the reason why they left remains unknown today. The museum and gift shop offer further information on the history of this group. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Manitou Cliff Dwellings and many more Manitou Springs attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Manitou Springs tour planner.
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  • Others have said the dwellings were small, which they are, but they are still really cool. I was worried about the climbing, but there was only one room I didn't go in because you had to enter...  more »
  • The cliff dwellings themselves were small but very cool. They had little signs for information. I can’t believe people lived in the rock formations like this! It took maybe 30-40 minutes to go...  more »
  • It's amazing to think people used these rooms as homes thousands of years ago! My adult kids loved it, as I did years ago, and a little 10 month old, newly walking, loved it and enjoyed it just as much! Really good museum, and fantastic gift shop--don't miss these! I loved that planted were growing that would have been used years ago for medicines and healing. A short but important thing for all to see, especially if you are short on time!
  • Really neat place! A lot of information. The stretch of houses isn't very large, but you can walk through them & there is information on a plaque that tells you information about how the room was used. There was a large gift shop as well as a small museum. The museum was great! I think I read just about everything I saw so it wasn't overwhelming. I dressed prepared to hike, but that was definitely not the case. Just wear comfortable shoes. I would suggest sunscreen if you're pale, but there was a fair amount of shade outside & we spent most of the time in the museum & gift shop.

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