Come and Visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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The Manitou Cliff Dwellings were relocated in the early 1900s from McElmo Canyon, Colorado. There were frequent looters and hunters that would come in and steal any artifacts for profits. Then it was open to the public to attract tourists. William Crosby and other people that were involved had the idea of The Manitou Cliff Dwellings to be relocated. William Crosby and crews had to handle the protected antiquities with care and had to make some alterations.
William Crosby and crew had to change the appearance by using concrete mortar instead of muds and clay mortar that the ancient Anasazi people used. There is an entertainment room where nearby Native Americans will come in and will dance in ancient music to perform to the tourists. The Native Americans will give educational speeches of the past lives, artifacts, and anything pertaining to The Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There is a gift shop that caters to Native Indians Made pottery, jewelry, and artifacts. Now tourists can purchase Colorado and US-made gifts from The Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There are other activities tourists can do, such as painting, take pictures, or to listen to music. People can have picnics or purchase food and beverages that The Manitou Cliff Dwellings has to offer.
During visiting the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, there are different opening and closing times during the four different seasons. From May, June, July, and August The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is open from 9:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm. From March, April, September, and October The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are open from 9:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. November only The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is only open from 9:00 am and until 4:00 pm. During the months of December, January, and February The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is open from 10:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm. If you complete the tour early enough in the day, around the corner is the Garden of the Gods, where the beauty is breathtaking.
The costs of admission vary by age groups and disability. People that are wheelchair-bound and anybody over the age of 100 are allowed to get in for free. Senior citizens that are age range from 60-99 pays at least $8.50 per person to get in. Toddlers from the age range of 3 and under also get in for free. Children from 4-11 pay at least $7.50 per child. Anyone that is over the age of 12 pays at least $10.00 to get in. Any group of 10 or more and will receive a special rate.