26 May 2009


I was going through some old posts and came across one from September 2008.

It was during the Walkabout '08 tour that T-Rob and I came across the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings near Colorado Springs.

We had picked up a brochure at the hotel and set out for Colorado Springs. They turned out to be pretty cool.

On my post I had mentioned the following:

If you are in Denver it is worth the hour drive down south.
Interesting enough though...they somehow look TOO well
maintained and reminded me of a movie set more then
ancient archeological ruins."

It turns out I was not far off.

According to Wikipedia the cliff dwellings are a reproduction of the dwellings at Mesa Verde, Co!!!!

The ruins there now were built in the 1900s as a tourist attraction. The building stones were taken from a collapsed site in southwest Colorado and shipped hundreds of miles to Manitou Springs, Co. and assembled in their present form as Anasazi style buildings.

If you visit the website for the ruins there is NO mention that these are reproductions.

In fact the website calls them "a rare historical treasure" and "authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings built more then 700 years ago"!!

Further down in the opening page it does say "reproduction of a stone mesa top building and Anasazi baking oven" but it clearly mentions they are authentic in the opening paragraph. MISLEADING!!!

Judge for yourself. They are definitely worth checking out if you are in Denver as they are only about an hour away AND on your way to Valley of the Gods which at least looks real. I think.

For all I know they are chicken wire and plaster.

I'm out.

my original post on Manitou Cliff Dwellings:




Anonymous said...

Thanks for exposing this blatant fraud, Mick!



G said...

Now that you are back home what do you have planned next? Mike, studio city ca

MICK said...

It's always easier to write posts when I am away 'doing something'. I have some ideas in the works. In the mean time I invite you to check my archives, I have three seasons of material there you could catch up on. LOL. Stay tuned.