Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a privately-owned tourist attraction consisting of replica Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and interpretive exhibits located just west of Colorado Springs, …
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a privately-owned tourist attraction consisting of replica Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and interpretive exhibits located just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado,...

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Jan 7, 2024
Nice, relatively quick visit to the cliff dwellings. You pay at a ticket booth when driving onto the property. There is a very good and huge gift shop and museum with information and displays. It was… Full review by TxSimm
Dec 9, 2023
Not the most exciting or interesting place to visit. Somewhat limited can see it all in 30 mins. Just happened to drive y after visiting Cave of the Winds. Full review by JimmyJackk
Oct 1, 2023
Cool place to visit for an hour or two. Interesting history and reconstructions. As others have noted, an absolutely massive gift shop. Full review by TheTravelFishes

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Construction completed:Early 1900s

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is this a real cliff dwellings or a replica
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It's a replica. This is copied from their web site. "The 40 room site was originally located in McElmo Canyon, which is in the southwest corner of Colorado near Mesa Verde and …
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It's a replica. This is copied from their web site. "The 40 room site was originally located in McElmo Canyon, which is in the southwest corner of Colorado near Mesa Verde and Dolores. The process of relocating these cliff dwellings began in 1904 and was completed in 1907 when the preserve was opened to the public." However, it is a very good replica from someone who has hiked and climbed up to the real thing. If you are short on time, ability or stamina this is a great stop! You can park right there at the Cliff Dwellings. My grandkids did not know the difference and they learned a great deal. So did I. If you have lots of time and stamina, go to Mesa Verde or the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
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We plan on going in early January. Is this easily accessible during winter and possible snow?
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Yes, the location is right off the highway and has a short but well manicured drive up to the location with good parking. It had snowed the week we were there and they were able to …
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Yes, the location is right off the highway and has a short but well manicured drive up to the location with good parking. It had snowed the week we were there and they were able to clear the snow by 10AM to get to the Dwellings. I would assume that they would close the gate by the highway if there was an issue, and it would take quite a storm to shut it down. In that extreme case unsure you would want to be out and about anyways-hoping a nice fire and hot chocolate will suffice instead!
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We plan on going in early January. Is this easily accessible during winter and possible snow?
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I am sorry I took so long to answer your question and but I am going to answer it and anyway and because you asked the question. Seriously I definitely recommend going there …
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I am sorry I took so long to answer your question and but I am going to answer it and anyway and because you asked the question. Seriously I definitely recommend going there after Labor Day and before summer end because that is the best time to go. If you do go in winter and I know you did but I don't think it's a good place to go because of the road conditions.
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Hi, We want to go to Mesa Verde to see the Indian cliff dwellings but are limited in time due to the many other places we …
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Hi, We want to go to Mesa Verde to see the Indian cliff dwellings but are limited in time due to the many other places we want to visit. I've read about the Manitou dwellings and read your review and you speak favorably of them. In your opinion, do you think we should stretch it (the time/days) and go to Mesa Verde or would the Manitou dwellings satisfy our desire to see 'real' (I know they have been reproduced and/or moved to Manitou) cliff dwellings. We would have to go out of our way to visit Mesa. I guess if we haven't seen the 'real' thing (in Mesa Verde) I guess we wouldn't know the difference? I would appreciate your opinion - thanks in advance.
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I've never been to Mesa Verde, although the brochure looked great! The Manitou Springs ones are nice. They're the real thing but have been mortared and so on so that you can climb …
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I've never been to Mesa Verde, although the brochure looked great! The Manitou Springs ones are nice. They're the real thing but have been mortared and so on so that you can climb all over them -- that is, they're very hands-on, and so they've been very much stabilized, which makes them modernly reinforced old cliff dwellings. You do get the genuine feeling for how short the people were, etc. (I hit my head on a low-hanging beam.) Pike's Peak is pretty much across the street and up a little road, so you could do two nifty things close together. You need to make reservations at Pike's Peak (for the train if you take it).
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Hi, my husband and our two older teen boys will be going here today to explore. I am bringing my dog, as my husband …
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Hi, my husband and our two older teen boys will be going here today to explore. I am bringing my dog, as my husband told me the website said they are allowed. I'm interested to explore this place and hope it goes easy on me, as I have a terrible back, but I always keep going! Does anyone have any advice for my ability to handle this or any issues with our dog? Thanks!
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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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Can we go inside the cliff dwellings?
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Yes, you can! You can walk around or through all the rooms (though it isn’t appropriate or possible to go down into the kiva). Visitors...
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