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“A little bit of history”

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 7 December 2013

We were visiting the Colorado Springs area with family and decided to stop here on the spur of the moment. It was very interesting and provided and insight to the culture around that area. During our stop there was a local agency that had their wolves (pets) available to for you to interact with. The little gift shop had a lot of different items and trinkets. Definitely worth the stop.

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MNHefner, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your spur of the moment stop at the Cliff Dwellings. Sometimes the unplanned trips make for the most memorable ones. We do try to support our local wolf rescue and you had it timed just right to catch them during your visit. Check our website for dates on when the wolves will be returning for a hands on education with them!

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We were surprised by the size of this venture - and enjoyed a leisurely and not crowded exploration of all the rooms. The museum is not great - set in the midst of a large touristy store - but we did learn from the exhibits.

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MNHefner, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

The winter months are definitely the more peaceful time to visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. The snow against the red cliffs with the dwellings below is always stunning! We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We lived in Manitou Springs for a number of years before taking a Sunday to visit the Cliff Dwellings. We had seen many of the early Puebloan sites in Colorado previously and knew that theys ruins had been moved from their original setting. We were very pleasantly surprised! The museum is excellent and the dwellings are wonderful. I would highly recommend this easy-to-access, educational exhibit. Our grandchildren enjoyed it as well.

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MNHefner, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

Sometimes it is easy to overlook what great things we have in our own back yard! We are glad you enjoyed your time here all while taking in a bit of history. We take great pride in offering a hands on educational look into the life of the Ancient Ones. Thanks for sharing.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

There is few things in Manitou Springs to visit, and this one can't be missed. The facilities are well maintained, and you got complete access to all the dwellings (houses), as they were supposed to be during the Pueblo indian period. It is a bit like cabins carved in the rocks you may see in certain arabic countries. Well worth the $17/person entrance fee (use the online coupon to save $1 per person).

You're allowed to go into the houses, and get a good feeling of the way the Indians may have lived back then. Keep in mind that this is supposed to represent how they lived a 1000 years ago. It seems that all the buildings are from other locations, so purists would consider it a reconstruction, but the walls and all materials are from real buildings elsewhere so that is good enough for me.

They close at 5pm, but you can walk around until 6pm, so this is good visit after taking the Pikes Peak Cog Train.

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MNHefner, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

The Anasazi truly were amazing people and very intelligent for their time. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your hands on experience venturing back to a time so long ago. It truly is an experience to climb inside these small houses and envision life with what little the Anasazi had to work with. Please check our website or Facebook for admission coupons and hours of operation as we do adjust them for the winter months.

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Reviewed 5 November 2013

These cliff dwellings are very nice. Even though they have been reassembled from authentic dwellings from other parts of the southwest, these structures resemble others we have visited throughout the southwest (Mesa Verde, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Canyon de Chelly). What we liked is that one can walk through/on them as the cliff dwellers did. While there isn't a tour guide, there is signage describing the rooms and buildings and what they were used for. There is also a small museum with period artifacts and pottery and a very good video on how the pottery is made and fired. In the large store, there is also some more of the history about how Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings came about. This history is also very interesting.

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MNHefner, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

Our cliff dwellings were originally located near Cortez Colorado in the Four Corners area. They were carefully relocated here over 100 years ago to preserve this ancient architecture for future generations. This preservation process is what has allowed us to invite you to touch and feel your way through your self-guided educational tour. We do offer an audio/visual tour using a smartphone or tablet device as well. Thanks for sharing.

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