Manitou Cliff Dwellings ~ Colorado Springs Colorado

May 2, 2014

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

After driving around in the Garden of the Gods we went to see the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. I am so fascinated with anything that has to do with the past so walking through the dwellings was really interesting. 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. 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.

Cliff Dwellings

Cliff Dwellings

Cliff Dwellings

Mom and I really enjoyed exploring the dwellings, room by room.  Each room or dwelling had a description of how the specific space was used. Some areas of the dwelling were three family apartments. The doorways were super low too so you had to make sure to duck before entering. The rooms themselves I’d guess were something like 6 feet square and I know I could not stand up straight some of them, so the height from floor to ceiling was less than 5’5″.

Cliff Dwellings

Inside the cliff dwellings

In the above photo you can see grain grinding stones.

Mom inside the cliff dwellings

Mom is reading about the  Kiva, which is used by the tribal men as a ceremonial chamber.

Inside the cliff dwellings   Museum   Cliff Dwellings


Inside the Pueblo is the Anasazi Museum, mom and I found it really interesting looking at all the exhibits of tools, pottery,weapons, and bones.



Did you know the Indians tied small streamers from fabric strips to the top of their tipi to keep birds away? I always thought it was for decoration but nope there is actually a very good reason for them being there.


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