Things to do near Woodland Park, near Pikes Peak and Southern Colorado.
Visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings while in Woodland Park at Bristlecone Lodge.
When staying in Woodland Park or somewhere in Teller County, why not drive a little farther east to Manitou Cliff Dwellings? You and the rest of your family will gain a little bit of knowledge, and have some fun while learning. The Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings have been relocated from their original home in Mesa Verde to right near Woodland Park/Teller County. The 1906 Antiquities Act was the governments’ way of preserving historical sites, but it hadn’t been completed when the Manitou Cliff Dwellings were moved from their home in Mesa Verde National Park to Manitou Springs, Colorado. Rather than have these cliff dwellings destroyed, Virginia McClurg wanted to prevent this.
Originally in the McElmo Canyon, transferring them to Manitou Springs preserved their structure and historicity. McClurg founded the Colorado Cliff Dwellings Association, and hired William Crosby to help move the cliff dwellings. It took around three years to breakdown the artifacts, compile the ruins, and take them to Dolores (also in the southwest corner of Colorado), where they were loaded onto a train and transferred to their new home in Phantom Canyon- later renamed Cliff Canyon.
Seeing the Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a good reminder of the history, culture, and architecture existing 800-1,000 years ago. You can touch and feel the artifacts from that time, and Bristlecone Lodge is a rustic way to make an adventure of visiting the museum. Visit these cliff dwellings and see for yourself!