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

Pueblo

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.

Oven

Mom

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.

Lisa

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