The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a tourist attraction that has been recreated to show the life style of the Anasazi Indians. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are located in Manitou Springs, a very attractive district of Colorado, United States of America. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings can be reached by U.S. Highway 24.
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings have been linked to the Anasazi Indians who have lived in different regions of America. The history of Anasazi Indians dates back to 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum exhibits the lifestyle and living place of Anasazi Indian. The Museum was established in 1904. Later it was opened to the public in 1907.
The actual location of the Anasazi was not Manitou Cliff but the Four Corners area which is hundreds of miles southwest of Manitou Springs. It was in the 1900s that the government decided to preserve the marks of history in the form of Manitou Cliff Dwelling and make it a tourist attraction.
The recreation of Manitou Cliff Dwellings was quite a task. The original stones were collected from collapsed Anasazi site of Four Corners near Cortez. The stones were shipped to the present site and built with the same design as original found in the Four Corners. The anthropologist Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett and Virginia McClurg were the people who play key role in the completion of this project.
The Google rating for the Manitou Cliff Dwellings is 3.1 stars. Most of the people review it to be an informative spot that can be reached easily. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is comparatively a small place with a museum and gift shop. The place is equally enjoyable for children, adults and senior citizens as well. The entrance fee is said to be a little higher by some tourists in their reviews but overall the place is appreciated for its connection with the history. If you have interest in history and in Colorado do take out some time to visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.