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. In fact, the town motto is “At the foot of Pikes Peak”. Downtown lined with shops, restaurants, pubs, and galleries. Downtown also has a creekside city park with a children’s playground.
Situated in El Paso County, the town was incorporated on January 25, 1888. Manitou Springs resides at 6,412 feet. In 2010 it boasted a population of 4,992 residents.
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. This exciting tourist attraction is open year round.
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.
The Incline – For those looking to do some hiking, the The Incline as its locally known, consists of nearly 2800 railway ties up the side of a mountain. It can be very challenging. It’s on Ruxton Street across from the Cog Railway.
Cave of the Winds – This local attraction centered around its magnificent cave tours has grown into a much larger alpine theme park. In addition to guided cave tours offered year round, there’s a Via Ferrata, Frontier Zipline and Terro-dactyl. Plus a slew of other outdoor activities to enjoy.
Read about the best things to do in Manitou Springs.
- Read about the camping near Manitou Springs and Pikes Peak.
- If you fancy yourself in decent shape you can attempt the most bucket list trail in town, The Incline. This straight up hike leads you up 2,000 stairs and a 50% grade.
Hotels and lodging:
- Cliff House at Pikes Peak – This is a historic 4 star accommodation.
- Read about the best hotels in Manitou Springs.
- Read about the cabins to rent near Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.
The downtown strip of town is full of touristy places to dine and unwind.
Restaurants and bars:
- Lulu’s Downstair s – In addition to being a live music venue, Lulu’s is Also a restaurant and bar. Unique about it, it happens to offer a 100% vegan menu.
- Read about the fine dining restaurants around Colorado Springs.
Mar – 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.
Oct – 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).
Activities near Manitou Springs
- Cripple Creek (39mi)
- Cheyenne Mountain (14mi)
- Cascade (4mi)
- Chipita Park (6mi)
- Colorado Springs (5mi)
- Cripple Creek (39mi)
- Divide (20mi)
- Green Mountain Falls (9mi)
- Old Colorado City (4mi)
- Victor (41mi)
- Woodland Park (13mi)
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (8mi)