The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are located approximately five miles west of Colorado Springs. The two museums are open every day depending on the weather. The museums are home to many artifacts and architecture displays of the ancient Anasazi people.
The cliff dwellings are more than 700 years old. The cliffs are protected by a red sandstone overhang which helps the cliffs to be preserved. Visitors are allowed to touch the sandstone and carefully examine each of the dwellings.
After touching the dwellings, visitors can see the three story Pueblo exhibits. There is a self-guided audio tour that visitors can utilize with their smartphones. Do not forget a camera because there are many opportunities for photos. There is also a large gift shop onsite for picking up souvenirs and gifts to take home to family and friends.
The beautiful dwellings are not to be missed when spending time in the area. For the fact that touching is actually encouraged, it is a great place to take children and learn about Native American history. This area is rich in history and beauty and there is much to see and do. Some of the other things to do and see while visiting the Colorado Springs area include Cave of the Winds, SunWater Spa, downtown Manitou Springs, Garden of the Gods, Navajo Gallery and Gifts, and Miramont Castle Museum.