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.
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak, the mountain that provided the inspiration for the writing of, America the Beautiful. The dwellings are open seven days a week, year round, except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. Over the years, Native American Indians – descendants of the Ancient Ones – have demonstrated their living culture through traditional dances handed down from generation to generation.
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.
Take a trip into America’s past. Plan to visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings soon. Arrange for a school tour or hold a special event here. Check our website for special savings. Until you can visit us in person, please feel free to explore the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and the world of the Anasazi on this Web site.