Postcard from the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Colorado

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Apr 09, 2012 / 0 comments

This picture is of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. The Anasazi Indians lived in these houses, which date around 800 years old. The Anasazi were a Native American culture living around the present-day four corners of  the U.S. They are most famously known for their unique adobe dwellings.


Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Colorado

The dwellings are located in Manitou Springs, Colorado. However, the Anasazi Indians did not actually live in Manitou Springs. The dwellings were originally discovered in southwest Colorado around Mesa Verde. These dwellings were relocated in 1904-1907. They are now 5 miles west of Colorado Springs off HWY 24.


The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a great family attraction. Next to the dwellings is a HUGE gift shop and museum. The museum shows the Anasazi traditions (such as drilling holes in their heads when they had headaches) and Anasazi way of life. Then, there are the dwellings themselves. Children and teens can crawl through windows and doors, climb ladders, and walk around the small rooms and hallways.


Architectural enthusiasts will love the unique architecture of the pueblo-style homes and towers. The dwellings are open 7 days a week ( weather permitting). May-September the hours are 9-6 and December- February the hours are 10-4.


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Sabrina Jorgensen is a member of the Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program.