Visiting The Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Yesterday we paid a visit to The Manitou Cliff Dwellings  a tourist attraction, located just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado on U.S. Highway 24 in Manitou Springs. We wanted to enjoy it during the weekday when it wasn’t so busy.. but still to busy for our taste 🙂

From Wikipedia:

Anasazi Museum

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum exhibits relocated Anasazi 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 1907.

History

The Anasazi 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 relocated to their present location in the early 1900s, as a museum, preserve, and tourist attraction. The stones were taken from a collapsed Anasazi site near Cortez in southwest Colorado, shipped by railroad to Manitou Springs, and assembled in their present form as Anasazi-style buildings closely resembling those found in the Four Corners. The project was done with the approval and participation of well-known anthropologist Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett, and Virginia McClurg, founder of the Colorado Cliff Dwelling Association.

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You are allowed to walk inside and get a better experience. Which I couldn’t understand why, but then when I read that it wasn’t the original site, it made alot of sense, it was still cool to get a feel of what it would be like and walk inside.

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The view from the “KIVA

A kiva is a room used by Puebloans for religious rituals, many of them associated with the kachina belief system.  Among the modern Hopi and most other Pueblo peoples, kivas are square-walled and underground, and are used for spiritual ceremonies.  – wikipedia

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Our current obsession is owning a teepee one day, since going to Planet Marfa in Texas,  these things are too cool!

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Our time in this area is coming to a close and we have really enjoyed all of the nature around us.  Thanks for following along and hope you like the views.