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  • An open area above the Kiva
    An open area above the Kiva
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  • Ceiling in one of the Dwellings
    Ceiling in one of the Dwellings
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  • Heavily weathered wood used for the structure
    Heavily weathered wood used for the...
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    Miramont Castle - servants' rooms

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 28, 2007

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    The upper floor of the Castle had rooms for servants. Those days servants’ rooms were not count into total amount of room in the Castle. I can understand why, they are awfully small, so small that even one of the rooms is not shown for the visitors, because it used as a closet or some office room by museum staff. Moreover, two or more servants lived in those rooms.

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    Canon Avenue

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    Don’t limit your visit in Manitou Springs only to Manitou Avenue, walk up Canon Avenue, where you can see Cliff Hotel, US Post Office, and also a residential area. The last one is the most interesting because Manitou Springs location on the hills changes the way houses customary built. Instead of being lined up, as we see in modern residential areas, Manitou Springs houses are lined up in figurative meaning, they are spread up the hills like the stairs.

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    The Cliff House

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 28, 2007

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    Visit Cliff House Hotel. On the ground floor it has old fashioned sitting room and dining room. Also on the walls you will find old pictures of the Cliff House before fire. We looked at one of the rooms of the Cliff House. It seemed to us very small, although the price for one night was $200. I guess you pay for history not for square feet.

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    Cave of the Winds

    by goingsolo Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Discovered in 1880, the cave contains examples of every sort of major limestone formation. There is a 45 minute tour through the main rooms. But try the more adventurous 3 hour explorer's tour if you're not claustrophobic

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    Explore the Cliff Dwellings

    by GuthrieColin Written Oct 28, 2012

    One thing I was very happy about was that the public is allowed to explore inside the ruins. Anasazi ruins in the four corners areas are being more and more closed off to protect them. This is NOT an actual ruin so having people run through there and touch things will not be damaging it much.

    The construction has many informational signs that explain how daily life would have been for the Anasazi and the light quality in the spaces is fantastic if you visit in the afternoon with the sun to the South.

    One main space in the Ruins Partially demolished Entry An open area above the Kiva Some examples of the excellent light quality
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    Look at the Construction

    by GuthrieColin Written Oct 28, 2012

    One thing that did bother me a little bit is that the site does not openly admit that it is a recreation. Many attempts have been made to realistically portray this site as an actual Anasazi construction. When touring the ruins look at the construction style and look at the attention to detail that was taken.

    From the thatched roofs to the round beam ceilings to the careful stonework it really is impressive to see. The colors and feel of the place is a genuine experience and the builders have been quite respectful to the Anasazi herritage of the building style. Exhibits and even music are used to supplement the experience and create reverence for the former inhabitants. Even though they never actually lived here.

    Ceiling in one of the Dwellings A broken Tower Some of the careful work around the Kiva Heavily weathered wood used for the structure
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    Miramont Castle - shapes

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 28, 2007

    It was popular in the Victorian era to have a house with unusual shapes, and the Castle rarely has a four-sided room. For instance, the Chapel in the Castle has 8 corners and Guest Bedroom 16 corners.

    Chapel Guest bedroom
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    Crystal store

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 28, 2007


    Go up Canon Ave, and not so far from Manitou Avenue you will see individual building with a store named Crystal (maybe it is renamed, I am not sure). The building has interesting paintings on both sides. I think you will like to take their pictures. I, frankly speaking, consider them as a good art work.

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    Pikes Peak Cog Railway

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 29, 2007


    Take a train to Pikes Peak that takes its start from Manitou Springs. Round trip lasts more than 3 hours and includes 30 to 40 minutes on the summit. Look a web site for more details, especially for times and prices.

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    Hiking

    by rebibi Written Oct 16, 2004

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    The Garden of the Gods offers many easy trails. The different red rocks are really stunning.
    Listen first in the Visitor Center to the 12-minute show on park history, it's very interesting.

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    Balanced Rock

    by rebibi Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Before you leave the Garden of the Gods taking the Garden Drive to Interstate 24 take a look at Balanced Rock

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    Watch for the birds

    by rebibi Written Oct 16, 2004

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    In the rocks you will see many holes where the birds disappear. They sure feed the baby birds.
    These rocks are very fascinating.

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    Siamese Twins

    by rebibi Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Don't forget to hike to the Siamese Twins. It's just a very short hike from Spring Canyon parking lot. This rock formation looks just great

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    Miramont Castle's - styles

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 28, 2007

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    The Castle has many styles mixed together. For example, one of the windows on the top of the staircase, the left one, is Venetian Ogee while the one on the right is Gothic.

    Venetian Ogee Gothic
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    Miramont Castle - Royal Carpet

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 28, 2007

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    The carpet hanging downstairs is reported to have been commissioned by King Umberto of Italy. It is a commemorative piece of the United States. He had 43 made to represent 43 different countries.

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