We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Review Highlights
History close up

This was my second visit to the Cliff Dwellings and found that there is more museum information in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
via mobile
Wonderful experience for all ages!

The views are amazing and it's wonderful to take a step back in time! The site may have been... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Read all 1,675 reviews
All photos (884)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good37%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“gift shop”(406 reviews)
“small museum”(51 reviews)
At most museums, you hear, "Look with your eyes, not with your hands." Not at the outdoor exhibits at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum, where you can reach out and touch ancient Anasazi buildings. Explore the authentic Anasazi structures...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
See all hours
US Highway 24 West, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
+1 719-685-5242
Reviews (1,675)
Filter reviews
1,657 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gift shop native americans small museum original location interesting place self guided tour new mexico interesting history colorado springs walk around little pricey pikes peak anasazi pueblo indian wolves artifacts
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,657 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my second visit to the Cliff Dwellings and found that there is more museum information in the gift shop area. And the gift shop seems to go on forever... if you need local items or post cards this is a good shopping spot....More

Thank JEBH_200
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are amazing and it's wonderful to take a step back in time! The site may have been moved, but it does not take away from the experience at all. There are explanations along the way for what rooms were used for making it...More

Thank fahtyh12018
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit here! I saw a few reviews complaining about the site not being the original, which we didn't even know after going through the whole exhibit, so I guess they don't highlight that part too much. Whatever though - it's cool...More

Thank whistory
Reviewed 1 week ago

The entire 40 room cliff dwelling site is right next to the parking lot — there is no hiking needed to reach this amazing ancient community complex. Our visit began inside the three-story Pueblo-style building that houses the museum and gift shop. The building represents...More

Thank jennifer5370
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first thing everyone should be aware of is that this is not the original site of the dwellings. They were moved to this location. If you want something that is in situ, these cliff dwellings aren't for you. That being said, it was fun...More

Thank Easytravels53449
Reviewed 1 week ago

For the money paid, there really isn't that much to do or see... We walked through the dwellings, with 2 kids, and stopped and read every sign and watched every detail. It took us less than 25 minutes to go from beginning to end.... There's...More

Thank Jennefer P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have visited Manitou ten times and never stopped at this attraction-a Big Mistake!! Great diversion for kids and old alike-cheap entrance and about and hour of your time on the dwellings (you get to walk in and around them) and about a half hour for...More

Thank ArmyPike
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs, Colorado, near Colorado Springs, are comprised of ancient Anasazi ruins that date back 800 to 1,000 years. That fact alone makes this an interesting attraction for anyone with a mind for history and a desire to learn about...More

Thank Taylor B
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting us and for your support. We are pleased you enjoyed your time here, marveling at the lives of the ancient Anasazi and how remarkable of a culture they were.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tourist trap and rip-off are the first words that come to mind. The cliff dwellings are not original, they were stolen from their original location somewhere in the Four Corners area and rebuilt here. No respect for the people who built them or their descendants....More

Thank Raven25Blue
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit and are misinformed regarding our history. The relocation and preservation of our ruins was accomplished over 110 years ago in an effort to preserve and protect them from pot hunters and vandals that were...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a few different things to do/see here. You can go through the actual cliff dwellings, visit 2 museums in the adjacent Pueblo, and visit the gift shop. This place would be great for a school field trip if you are located near Colorado...More

Thank Icarus4335
Kokopelli1906, Manager at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your visit with us and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. We do offer guided tours, but only for school groups in the Fall and Spring. We do not do any tours through the summer months as we tend to...More

View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 9 nearby hotels
The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
972 reviews
.53 km away
Pikes Peak Inn
110 reviews
.59 km away
Americas Best Value Inn Villa Motel
649 reviews
.67 km away
Eagle Motel
94 reviews
.86 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 69 nearby restaurants
Sahara Cafe
417 reviews
.67 km away
Good Karma Cafe
190 reviews
.61 km away
PJ's Bistro
337 reviews
.65 km away
Cliff House Hotel Dining Room
411 reviews
.53 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 39 nearby attractions
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
2,841 reviews
.77 km away
Ruxton's Trading Post
29 reviews
.80 km away
Manitou Springs Heritage Center
22 reviews
.59 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
October 3, 2017|
AnswerShow all 19 answers
Response from Diana G | Reviewed this property |
I have been to both and there is no comparison to Mesa Verda, but if you are limited you can get an idea of what it was like by seeing the Manitou Dwellings. There is not much there so you would not need but an hour or two... More
Melissa I
July 23, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Tina C | Reviewed this property |
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.
Randus H
July 2, 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Judi D | Reviewed this property |
No...the parking is very convenient. The dwellings themselves are not wheelchair accessible but very doable if you are ambulatory.