A rare historical treasure, the authentic Manitou cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians were built more than 700 years ago. Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, you and your family can explore inside each dwelling, touch the sandstone and roam free through these architectural remnants of American Indian culture that roamed the Four Corners of Colorado.
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, and you needn’t go hungry. From June through August a snack bar and picnic patio are open to meet your food and drink needs.
Explore the fascinating cliff dwellings architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs.
Your admission includes the great indoor museum so you can learn about the Anasazi and how many of the Indian Tribes lived in the Pikes Peak Region when America was growing.
More than just t-shirts and trinkets (although they have those too) the gift shop at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings has an incredible array of Native American hand-made jewelry, artifacts, pottery or crafts. The gift shop also features a collection of Southwestern gifts, music, and decor, showcasing Colorado and US-made merchandise.
A nature walk with well-labeled native flowers, herbs, trees and other plants connects the cliff dwellings and the Pueblo structure.
Kindergartners through 5th Grade students will love learning and exploring at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Contact them by clicking “contact” above and they can work with you to schedule your school group soon!