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.
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|Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. May to September|
Children (6 & Under)
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, five miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 24. Follow these directions or enter 10 Cliff Road, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 into your GPS or Phone.
- Interstate 25: If you’re traveling to Colorado Springs on I-25, take Exit 141 (near downtown Colorado Springs) and turn left ( west, toward the mountains) on U.S. Highway 24. Go five miles. Turn right into the entrance, marked by billboards and state highway signs.
- U.S. 24 westbound: If you’re headed west to Colorado Springs on Highway 24, proceed through town and follow the Highway 24 signs till you get to I-25. Continue west on U.S. Highway 24 for five miles. Turn right into the entrance.
- U.S. 24 eastbound: If you’re headed east toward Colorado Springs on Highway 24, pass through Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park and Cascade. When you get to Manitou Springs, make a left into the entrance. Be careful crossing traffic!
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.
Q: Can we go inside the cliff dwellings?
A: 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.
Q: What is the Preserve?
A: The Preserve is the cliff dwellings, themselves, which have been preserved for the education of present and future generations.
Q:Do you accept bus tours?
A: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.
Q: What are your rates for school tours?
A: Highlights Include:
In depth guided tour through the cliff dwellings
Hands on corn grinding with mano and metate stones
Informative movie on cliff dwellers, approx. 17 min.
Discussion and hands on experience of Native American artifacts
Personalized pottery painting
Recommended for grades K through 5
Available weekdays, September through May
Approximately 2 hours in length
Minimum of 20 students and a Maximum of 125 students
Cost is $7.00 per student for complete tour, ($6.00 without pottery painting option)
One teacher or chaperone admitted free with every 10 paid students
Groups of less than 20 students can pay a flat fee of $130.00
Contact us as far in advance as possible for available dates!
Q: Is there a fee for taking pictures?
A: Take all the pictures you want. There is no fee. And, if you run out of film, you can purchase more in the Gift Shop in the Pueblo.
Q: Is there some place to eat there?
A: Yes. You can have a picnic if you want. Next to the cliff dwellings there’s a Snack Bar and Picnic Patio. Purchase food and drink here (June through August) or bring your own bag lunch and digest in the sublime aura of ancient dwellings over seven centuries old.
Q: Can I buy Indian artifacts?
A: 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.
Q: How long can we stay?
A: Come early and stay late. Spend the day at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings or just a few hours. It’s up to you.
Q: Are the cliff dwellings accessible to people in wheelchairs?
A: 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.
Q: Is there a parking fee?
A: No we do not have a parking fee. RV and Bus parking is available, fifth-wheel trailers are manageable depending on size, please call.
Q: Do you allow pets?
A: 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.