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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a tourist attraction, located just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado on US Highway 24 in Manitou Springs.


Anasazi Museum

The Cliff Dwellings' museum is located within the facility and exhibits reproduced Anasazi-style Indian cliff dwellings. The Anasazi lived and roamed the Four Corners area of the United States Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The museum was established in 1904 and opened to the public in 1906.[1]


The Anasazi peoples did not live in the Manitou Springs area, but lived and built their cliff dwellings in the Four Corners area, several hundred miles southwest of Manitou Springs. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings were built in their present location in the early 1900s, as a tourist attraction. The building stones were taken from a collapsed Anasazi site in southwest Colorado, shipped hundreds of miles to Manitou Springs, and assembled in their present form as Anasazi-style buildings, some of which are replicas of well-known buildings in Mesa Verde National Park. The project was done with the participation of well-known anthropologist Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett.[2]


  1. ^ Anasazi Museum
  2. ^ Troy Lovata, Inauthentic Archaeologies, (Walnut Creek, Calif: 2007, Left Coast Press) ISBN: 978-1-59874-011-0, p.49-75.

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Coordinates: 38°51′48″N 104°54′45″W / 38.863403°N 104.912449°W / 38.863403; -104.912449



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