Prices

Adult 12+: $10 | Child (4-11): $7.50

Hours

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Average Time

1 to 2 hours

Details

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a rare historical treasure. Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, built more than 700 years ago, await you here. There are no “Do Not Touch” signs. You are free to touch and even go inside these fascinating architectural remnants of an American Indian culture that roamed the Four Corners area of the Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300.

Next to the cliff dwellings is a three-story Pueblo-style building that houses the Anasazi museum and a Southwestern gift shop. This structure was faithfully designed and constructed in the architectural style of the Pueblo Indians, descendants of the Anasazi. Our outdoor archaeological and natural history preserve includes reproductions of a stone mesa-top building and an Anasazi baking oven. A nature walk with well-labeled native flowers, herbs, trees and other plants connects the cliff dwellings and the Pueblo structure. It’s easy to spend a whole day at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings!

FAQs

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 who are slender and short enough can actually slip into some of the smaller rooms and get a feel for Anasazi apartment house living.
The Preserve is the cliff dwellings, themselves, which have been preserved for the education of present and future generations.
Yes. We get bus tours all the time. Our lower group rates apply to parties of ten persons or more. By the way, bus drivers and tour guides are admitted free.
Actually, buying ancient Indian artifacts might get the Antiquities Police on your tail, and you wouldn’t want that to happen, would you? However, in our well-stocked Gift Shop you can legally buy reproductions and photographs of ancient artifacts or purchase modern Native American-made pottery, jewelry, flint-knapped knives, and artifacts. You will also find a great selection of Colorado and USA made products.
Because of the slope of the dwellings, the steps and the narrow passages inside, the dwellings, themselves, are not accessible to wheelchairs. The entrance to the cliff dwellings – is wheelchair accessible by ramp from the parking lot. From that point the entire front of the dwellings can be seen. By the way, people in wheelchairs are admitted to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings for free.
Yes, as long as your pet is leashed, they can go wherever you go including the ruins and the museums. Please be sure to clean up after your pets.

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