Historic Manitou Springs is historic for good reason. Blessed with a dozen mineral springs, scores of local artists, invigorating dry air, cerulean skies, and a great location—we're the gateway to both "America's Mountain," Pikes Peak, and to Colorado's most popular free park, Garden of the Gods—Manitou has been a beloved tourist destination ever since the 1870s, especially during the summer months. Back then, and up through the 1930's, it was primarily an upscale summer spa town, a mecca for East Coasters and Brits suffering from respiratory illnesses like tuberculosis. But with the growth of neighboring Colorado Springs just four miles to our east, and with the development of superb ski areas just two hours to our west, and with our own retail development, which has brought with it new B&Bs, motels, galleries, pubs, and excellent restaurants, Manitou now draws fun-loving visitors year round. Many find our winter climate a particularly nice surprise. Although close to ski country, we get very little snow ourselves—far less, even, than Colorado Springs. And except for occasional arctic blasts, we enjoy many winter days of sweater weather. So hikers can still hike, runners can still run, golfers can still golf, and skiers—well, they can drive to Breckenridge or Monarch in the morning, ski all day, and still get home to cozy Manitou in time for dinner.
Over the last several years we've given our downtown corridor a dramatic face-lift. Among other enhancements, we've buried all power lines, widened our sidewalks, added a charming roundabout, and installed fresh planters, benches, and public art up and down a 5-block stretch. It's an even better place to stroll and shop—and a photographer's delight.
Manitou Springs offers its visitors a wealth of attractions—ducky shops, lively pubs and restaurants, picturesque old-timey architecture, oodles of well-groomed hiking trails, eye-popping scenery the equal of virtually anything in Colorado, magnificent weather, and crazy events, like Carnivale and the Fruitcake Toss, that give fun-loving Manitou its reputation for being one of a kind. Here, you get to meet true Manitoids! We know you'll enjoy your visit here.
Chamber, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development
The website you are currently viewing focuses on the governmental aspects of Manitou Springs. It can provide some of the information you might be seeking such as maps, park information, facility fees, parking information, information about our local government and much more. You can also vastly expand your knowledge of what to do and where to stay by visiting the iManitou website.
We look forward to seeing you on the streets of Manitou Springs. Enjoy your visit with us and have fun!