Lying at the base of Pikes Peak is Manitou Springs, an eclectic mountain town. The town is home to a lot of artists, so it’s full of art, music, theater and sidewalk sculptures. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the endless recreation that the area provides.
The main road through the center of town is one of the direct routes to Pikes Peak. It’s lined with shops, restaurants, pubs, and galleries. Downtown also has a creekside city park with a children’s playground.
Things to do in Manitou Springs
There are eleven naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains around town, which gave Manitou Springs its name. They are open to anyone who wish to enjoy their healing benefits.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings – Authentic Anasazi Indian dwellings that were relocated from the Four Corners region of Southwest Colorado.
Pikes Peak – Huge year round attraction with numerous things to do. Pikes Peak Cog Railway is a fantastic way to enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and Great Plains without the hassles of driving to the top on the Pikes Peak Highway.
Incline – For those looking to do some hiking, the “Incline” as its locally known, consists of 2800 railway ties up the side of a mountain. It can be very challenging. It’s on Ruxton Street across from the Cog Railway.
Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off – Mardi Gras celebration held annually in either February or March. Events include a gumbo cook off, Mardi Gras parade, Cajun food, dance, face-painting, entertainment and more. Entry into the gumbo cook off is free and limited to 20 contestants.
Emma Crawford Coffin Races – Last Saturday of October event starting with a parade through town followed by coffin races. Races are teams of four pall bearers and one “Emma”. The races have been covered by the nationally by the Travel Channel. It’s free to watch and $50 per team to enter (limited to 50 teams).
Near Manitou Springs
- Cripple Creek (39mi)
- Manitou Cliff Dwellings
- Marimont Castle
- Garden of the Gods (4mi)
- Pikes Peak Highway (5mi)
- Cheyenne Mountain (14mi)
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (8mi)