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Has a certain charm of its own, close to tourist attractions.
Not a lot of parking available
In a nutshell
Have to go back, several times.
Check out Improv Colorado, Colorado's Most Audience-Friendly Comedy Team, when you visit Manitou Springs or Colorado Springs. They perform at a couple of places around town, depending on the night of the month. They take suggestions from the audience (minus the occasional off-color offer) and make wacky hilarity - it's different every night! Great fun for the whole family!
Dress Code: No dress code
Written Feb 11, 2010
Address: Venue 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
Maybe this isn't the right area, but it's transportation to the top of Pike's Peak. Afterall, you have a choice. Drive, walk or take the train, i.e., cog rail. We took the rail. It's a great way to go. Sit back and relax. Enjoy the scenery, try to avoid the silly jokes made by the conductor on the way up.
While there are many precautions for those with medical problems and some for those with mobility concerns, the cog rail is a great way to get to the top. There's nothing you have to do, but breath. Even if you couldn't get out at the top, the trip is worth it. You'll need to be able to get on and off without more than minor assistance, but after that, all you need to worry about is breathing the thin air up on top. A friend went up and was so short of breath that she moved only short distances from bench to bench. She's been identified with a cardiac problem.
I'd rather ride up than drive, because as it turned out, many on the way down, slept, even just a little. The lack of oxygen and the exhaustion are real. I'd hate to drive down feeling that tired.
Oh, on the road (what little we saw of it), there were no guard rails, wide 180 degree turns, with a little space for error. It was paved. Still, I'll ride for what it's worth.
Written Sep 6, 2009
As I was visiting the ruins I continuously asked myself about the authenticity of the construction. Some things seemed a bit amiss. My suspicions were confirmed when I read later that the Anasazi never did actually live in the Manitou Springs area. They did not build in this location and these ruins were in fact constructed using remnants from other Aanasazi ruins. So although the stones were likely touched and used to build other dwellings, this site is a fabrication.
It was relocated in the early 1900's as a museum and tourist attraction. This may explain why the "museum" is willing to have people walk around and explore the ruins. Having noted that all of these ruins are not an original construction it is still very interesting to see.
The Anasazi-style buildings were constructed with a very real degree of respect and resemblance to the true ruins that exist in the 4-corners area.
Unique Suggestions: I did not have an issue with the in-authentic nature of the dwellings. Even though it is not an original construction, it does give one a good idea of what other structures that are in more fragile condition would feel like if they were is slightly better condition.
Fun Alternatives: Go in with an open mind.
Written Oct 28, 2012