FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
When are you open?
- The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is open seven days a week year-round, weather permitting.
Our hours are as follows:
- June, July & August – 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
- May & September – 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
- March, April, October & November – 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
- December, January & February – 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
- January & February: Our Winter schedule- OPEN Friday through Monday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. weather permitting. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Note: The park remains open for 1 hour after last admission and gate closure.
What is the cost of admission?
Our rates for the year 2014 are as follows:
- Adults (12 and over) – $9.50 + Tax
- Children (7-11) – $7.50 + Tax
- Children (6 & under) – Free
- Seniors (60 plus) – $8.50 + Tax
- People in wheelchairs and
anyone over 100 – Free
For groups of 10 or more:
- Adults (12 and over) – $8.50 + Tax
- Children – $6.50 + Tax
Can you give me directions to the Cliff Dwellings?
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, five miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
on U.S. Highway 24.
- Interstate 25: If you’re traveling to Colorado Springs on I-25, take Exit 141 (near downtown Colorado Springs) and turn left ( west, toward the mountains) on U.S. Highway 24. Go five miles. Turn right into the entrance, marked by billboards and state highway signs.
- U.S. 24 westbound: If you’re headed west to Colorado Springs on Highway 24, proceed through town and follow the Highway 24 signs till you get to I-25. Continue west on U.S. Highway 24 five miles. Turn right into the entrance.
- U.S. 24 eastbound: If you’re headed east toward Colorado Springs on Highway 24, pass through Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park and Cascade. When you get to Manitou Springs, make a left into the entrance. Be careful crossing traffic!
Whatever way you plan to get to the Cliff Dwellings, please drive carefully and use our map. We want you to get here safely and easily.
Can we go inside the cliff dwellings?
Yes, you can! You can walk around or through all the rooms (though it isn’t appropriate or possible to go down into the kiva). Visitors who are slender and short enough can actually slip into some of the smaller rooms and get a feel for Anasazi apartment house living.
What is the Preserve?
The Preserve is the cliff dwellings, themselves, which have been preserved for the education of present and future generations.
Do you accept bus tours?
Yes. We get bus tours all the time. Our lower group rates apply to parties of ten persons or more. By the way, bus drivers and tour guides are admitted free.
What are your rates for school tours?
- In depth guided tour through the cliff dwellings
- Hands on corn grinding with mano and metate stones
- Museum exploration
- Informative movie on cliff dwellers, approx. 17 min.
- Discussion and hands on experience of Native American artifacts
- Personalized pottery painting
Recommended for grades K through 5
- Available weekdays, September through May
- Approximately 2 hours in length
- Minimum of 20 students and a Maximum of 125 students
- Cost is $7.00 per student for complete tour, ($6.00 without pottery painting option)
- One teacher or chaperone admitted free with every 10 paid students
- Groups of less than 20 students can pay a flat fee of $130.00
Contact us as far in advance as possible for available dates!
Is there a fee for taking pictures?
Take all the pictures you want. There is no fee. And, if you run out of film, you can purchase more in the Gift Shop in the Pueblo.
Is there some place to eat there?
Yes. You can have a picnic if you want. Next to the cliff dwellings there’s a Snack Bar and Picnic Patio. Purchase food and drink here (June through August) or bring your own bag lunch and digest in the sublime aura of ancient dwellings over seven centuries old.
Can I buy Indian artifacts?
Actually, buying ancient Indian artifacts might get the Antiquities Police on your tail, and you wouldn’t want that to happen, would you? However, in our well-stocked Gift Shop you can legally buy reproductions and photographs of ancient artifacts or purchase modern Native American-made pottery, jewelry, flint-knapped knives, and artifacts. You will also find a great selection of Colorado and USA made products.
How long can we stay?
Come early and stay late. No problem. See our hours above. Spend the day at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings or just a few hours. It’s up to you. Sorry, we don’t have camping, though we can suggest a campground for you to consider.
Can we come back another day without paying again?
Admission entitles you to spend the whole day. Normally, if you come back another day, you must pay another day’s admission unless you have a Season Pass or (around the holidays) a Holiday Shopping Pass. See below.
Season Pass: With a regular admission plus a charge of $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for kids you can enjoy a full year of admission to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings with our Season Pass. You can buy a Season Pass at our Gift Shop and we’ll mail it to you.
Holiday Shopping Pass: With a regular admission plus a charge of $9.50, you’ll pay no gate admission from November 25 through January 5 with our Holiday Shopping Pass, and you’ll enjoy a 30% discount on all your purchases! Fill out an information card and leave your $9.50 payment with any of our employees and we’ll mail a Holiday Season Pass to your home in November.
Are the cliff dwellings accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Because of the slope of the dwellings, the steps and the narrow passages inside, the dwellings, themselves, are not accessible to wheelchairs. The entrance to the cliff dwellings – is wheelchair accessible by ramp from the parking lot. From that point the entire front of the dwellings can be seen. By the way, people in wheelchairs are admitted to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings for free.
Is there a parking fee?
No we do not have a parking fee. RV and Bus parking is available, fifth-wheel trailers are manageable depending on size, please call.
Do you allow pets?
Yes, as long as your pet is leashed, they can go wherever you go including the ruins and the museums. Please be sure to clean up after your pets.
If these Frequently Asked Questions don’t include yours, please:
Call us: 1-800-354-9971 or
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