The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is open seven days a week year-round, weather permitting.

May, June, July & August – 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.   

March – 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
April, September & October – 9 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
November – 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
December, January, & February –10 A.M. to 4 P.M.                  

Note: The park remains open for 30 minutes after last admission and gate closure. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.



Our rates for the year 2024 are as follows:  You can pay for tickets upon arrival.  Pre-purchased tickets are not required.

Adults (12 and over) – $12.75 + Tax
Children (4-11) – $8.00 + Tax
Children (3 & under) – Free
Seniors (60 plus) – $10.00 + Tax
Anyone over 100 – FREE

For groups of 10 or more:
Adults (12 and over) – $10.00 + Tax
Children – $7.00 + Tax



The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, five miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 24.

Address: 10 Cliff Dwellings Road

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.

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 Ancestral Puebloan apartment house living.

The Preserve is the cliff dwellings, themselves, which have been preserved for the education of present and future generations.

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.


Self-guided tours are open and available.

Highlights Include:

  • 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 60 students
  • Cost is $7.50 per student for the complete tour.
  • One teacher or chaperone admitted free with every 15 paid students, additional at $9.00.
  • 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!


Take all the pictures you want. There is no fee.

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.

**Summer 2022** Café and Picnic area CLOSED due to ongoing construction.

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 beautiful Gift Shop you can legally buy reproductions 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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, we are not wheelchair or scooter friendly.  Due to the slope of the dwellings, the steps, narrow passages inside and gravel surfaces, the dwellings, themselves, are not accessible to wheelchairs.  Only an outer view of the cliff dwellings – is accessible by ramp from the parking lot. From that point the entire front of the dwellings can be seen. Unfortunately, there is no access to restrooms, museum or gift shop. Since we are not accessible, visitors in wheelchairs are admitted to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings at no charge.  You need to be sure to inform us if you have someone in a wheelchair in your vehicle.

No we do not have a parking fee. We do have limited bus and rv parking.

We are extremely limited on space to receive and park RV’s, cars/trucks pulling a trailer, and Fifth Wheels.  All RV’s, fifth wheels and anyone towing an rv or trailer have to park in our lower turn around area.  Please be advised, you will have to be able to back into a slot, our lower parking area is about 200 yards from the upper parking lot with access to the park.  During peak times, there is always a chance we are full and cannot receive these vehicles.  Please call if you have further questions.

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: 719-685-5242 or

E-mail your questions to: info@cliffdwellingsmuseum.com