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Neat to be able to go inside a cliff dwelling!

I visited Mesa Verde National Park this past summer and got to visit a cliff dwelling, but we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ChemTeacherTraveller
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Ypsilanti
History close up

This was my second visit to the Cliff Dwellings and found that there is more museum information in... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
JEBH_200
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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...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've always wanted to see cliff dwellings. This is a nice stop since it is not far off the beaten path. They are a small sample of ruins but shouldn't be passed up. Maybe an hour spent here.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Mesa Verde National Park this past summer and got to visit a cliff dwelling, but we walked on the outside. At Manitou Cliff Dwellings, you get to walk inside, and that was really neat. We visited at Thanksgiving, so it wasn't crowded. My...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mesa Verde NP is a fantastic place to visit and see some unusually large groupings of ruins and we highly recommend it. Due to our extensive preservation, we allow visitors the unique hands on exploration inside twenty ruins to really visualize and marvel at the...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit to the Cliff Dwellings and found that there is more museum information in the gift shop area. And the gift shop seems to go on forever... if you need local items or post cards this is a good shopping spot....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us again, and if you ever return, you will have to try the audio tour using your smartphone as you explore through the ruins! Our Pueblo building houses four museums in all, each with informative displays, artifacts, and historical photos! Thanks...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The views are amazing and it's wonderful to take a step back in time! The site may have been moved, but it does not take away from the experience at all. There are explanations along the way for what rooms were used for making it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we are pleased to hear you had a wonderful experience here with us!

Reviewed 6 November 2018

We really enjoyed our visit here! I saw a few reviews complaining about the site not being the original, which we didn't even know after going through the whole exhibit, so I guess they don't highlight that part too much. Whatever though - it's cool...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit here, learning about the Ancient Anasazi. Our Dwellings were in fact relocated here in an effort to preserve and protect them over 111 years ago. Our preservation helped eventually get Mesa Verde recognized as a National Park as...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018

The entire 40 room cliff dwelling site is right next to the parking lot — there is no hiking needed to reach this amazing ancient community complex. Our visit began inside the three-story Pueblo-style building that houses the museum and gift shop. The building represents...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sounds as if you really enjoyed your hands on history lesson learning about the Ancestral Puebloans and how they lived so long ago. Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed 6 November 2018

The first thing everyone should be aware of is that this is not the original site of the dwellings. They were moved to this location. If you want something that is in situ, these cliff dwellings aren't for you. That being said, it was fun...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our Preserve was relocated here over 111 years ago in an effort to preserve and protect the ancient architecture from being destroyed and lost as the government did not protect them or prevent vandals and pothunters from destroying them. We opened to the public in...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

For the money paid, there really isn't that much to do or see... We walked through the dwellings, with 2 kids, and stopped and read every sign and watched every detail. It took us less than 25 minutes to go from beginning to end.... There's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Most of our visitors are here about an hour to an hour and a half. Our Preserve contains forty ruins, twenty of which you can climb through the small doors and envision life on the inside so long ago. Besides informative plaques in each dwellings,...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Have visited Manitou ten times and never stopped at this attraction-a Big Mistake!! Great diversion for kids and old alike-cheap entrance and about and hour of your time on the dwellings (you get to walk in and around them) and about a half hour for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you finally stopped in to see us while visiting Historic Manitou Springs!

Reviewed 2 November 2018

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs, Colorado, near Colorado Springs, are comprised of ancient Anasazi ruins that date back 800 to 1,000 years. That fact alone makes this an interesting attraction for anyone with a mind for history and a desire to learn about...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2018

Thank you for visiting us and for your support. We are pleased you enjoyed your time here, marveling at the lives of the ancient Anasazi and how remarkable of a culture they were.

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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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