It was another H.O.T day in Denver and we decided to head to Pikes Peak to get some relief from the mid 90’s temperatures. Please keep in mind we don’t have central air conditioning so the little house we live in can get pretty toasty. We got sidetracked on our way to Pikes Peak. I saw the sign for the Manitou Cliff Dwellings off of Highway 24 and we decided to make a detour. I am glad we did! We haven’t been able to make it to Mesa Verde National Park to see cliff dwellings so Manitou Cliff Dwellings will have to suffice for now (and it did!).
This Old Hopi Proverb greets visitors as they enter the cliff dwellings.There is a fee to enter the cliff dwellings. We paid $9.50 plus tax for two adults. The fees for 2012 can be found here–http://www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com/plan-your-visit/faq
I really enjoyed our visit to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. They encourage you to explore the dwellings, room by room, using the self-guided tour. Each room/dwelling had a very detailed description of how the specific space was used.This is a sacred Kiva used by the tribal men as a ceremonial chamber.
When you visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings you enter into the world of the Anasazi also known as the Ancient Ones or the Ancestral Puebloans. The people of this advanced culture existed in the Four Corners area from 1100 A.D. to 1300 A.D.
While visiting the Manitou Cliff Dwellings don’t forget to visit the Pueblo, museum, and the gift shop. The view from the Manitou Cliff Dwellings is beautiful. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a short drive from Denver. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are one of the most accessible examples of cliff dwellings architecture anywhere.Plan your next adventure by visiting–http://www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com/