We love living in Colorado, we have plains, mountains and the foothills in between. There is never a lack of places to visit and enjoy. One of our favorites is Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs. It’s just over an hour from our house and easy to get to. This past year we visited the Cliff Dwellings and Museum. We invited some good friends along and had the best time! The kids loved it! We visited the year before but with a school group so the experience was completely different. We all liked it both times we went. We also visited a natural spring fountain in town, that was fun!
The Cliff Dwellings are just minutes away from downtown Manitou Springs. Manitou Springs is located in the foothills of the great Rocky Mountains, it is just a little way away from Pikes Peak! Did you know that Katharine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful while she attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs? It is believed that she wrote several lines after visiting the top of Pikes Peak!
The Cliff Dwellings were home to the Anasazi people at one time. Read more about them HERE.
While at the Cliff Dwellings, the kids had an opportunity to grind corn the way the native people would have. I explained that they would have needed a large of amount of corn in their everyday life. The boys could not believe how hard people had to work for just one simple staple.
The actual dwellings are laid out really well to keep you flowing right along. They also have signs along the way to give you the history you are looking for.
There is a fantastic overlook complete with the super-fun, quarter-per-view binocular machine things. 🙂
Kids love looking through those!
Inside there is a awesome gift shop and a museum display area. Lots to learn! Self-paced too, just the way we like it!
Outside, there is also a huge teepee! The kids love this part!
After we left we headed to the main square and playground in Manitou Springs. They have a few natural spring water fountains in town and we went to Seven Spring Park:
We brought along some kool-aid mix and lemonade mix, I think Oliver’s face says it all:
Although, I liked it, it’s just like flavored sparkling water. The kids loved the park and playground, we ate some good food and headed back to Denver. What a fantastic day with friends! We love Colorado!