Manitou Springs, CO, United States for Cliff Dwellings

The cliff dwellings of Manitou Springs are more of a monument than a historical site as the Anasazi did not actually build their homes in this area but Southwest in a place known as the Four Corners. The stones were taken from a collapsed Anasazi site near Cortez in southwest Colorado, shipped by railroad to Manitou Springs, and assembled in their present form as Anasazi-style buildings closely resembling those found in the Four Corners. I didn’t really care about this minor detail because the place still serene. Unfortunately, I doubt one can gain any sort of wicked ancient hex to be cast on them as this place is a red, native version of the Lincoln Memorial more than it is a sacred ground. Just walking though this ancient village was spectacular for me. The fact that the builders had modeled it after a traditional cliff dwelling in amazing to me because of how put together the architecture was. It was like being in a giant red version of some ancient suburb that was shoved in the side of a cliff. The other perk is that it is a short walk from downtown.

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Respite, relaxation, healing....

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