An authentic Anasazi cliff dwelling. Worth the visit if you haven’t been to the amazing dwellings of the four corners area.
They do not hide the fact that these dwellings are not in their original location. In 1904 they were brought here from McElmo Canyon near Mesa Verde, carried by ox cart to the railroad on to Manitou Springs. Meticulously numbered, disassembled and rebuilt so that the tourists of the early 20th century could enjoy a piece of the wild west!
Mesa Verde and other original locations are understandably strict about touching and climbing on the ancient structures. At the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, you are encouraged to explore the rooms, climb the ladders and peek out of the windows. Pretty cool.
If you look into the valley below the cliff dwellings, you will see a straight dirt road that runs toward Highway 24. This is the original entrance.
Behind Tajine Alame, next to Manitou’s Memorial Park, you will see the stub of a road called Cliff Road.
These two dead ends were once connected, but were severed by the tall causeway of fill dirt for the Highway 24 bypass.
See? Interesting, if useless, trivia abounds!