Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Colorado

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–

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–


20 thoughts on “Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Colorado

  1. Wow! Colorado IS beautiful! I finally was able to visit there last year and had the opportunity to go to “Garden of the gods”… it was amazing! Your photos are great with very interesting info. Thanks for sharing!

    • Garden of the Gods is beautiful! In fact, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are not too far from GOG. You are right Colorado is beautiful. The more I explore the more excited I am to live in such a wonderful state. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I hate to admit it but I have yet to visit the Cliff Dwellings or go to the TOP of Pikes Peak. No excuses. We just never seem to make it a priority. For hot weather, Cave of the Winds is perfect. That I’ve done a few times 😉

    • Cave of the Winds is next on our “to do” list. Pikes Peak was amazing. Definitely worth the drive. I actually got a little winded at the top of the Peak. Must have been all the coffee I drank in Denver:).

  3. We lived in the Springs for 5 years and never once went to the cliff dwellings! We did just about everything else that was in a short driving distance from there. Strange that we never went here. Great article. Thank you!

  4. The people that settled the west referred to the native people as “Savages”. The ingenious use of the lands and nature by these “savages” makes me shake my head at the intruders who were the true savages.

    Thanks for sharing this remarkable bit of history! We will have to find this place the next time we are in Colorado.


    • Thank you! I am planning on setting up something similar to what Lesley did on Bucket List Publications. I like the community the list of friends creates. As soon as I do that I will definitely add your blog…for now I will follow you! 🙂

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