Welcome to Manitou Springs
Manitou Springs was founded in 1872 by Englishman Dr. William Bell and his business partner General William Palmer as a scenic health resort. The town was incorporated in 1876 (the same year Colorado became a state) and is now a home rule city of approximately 5,000 residents located on the western edge of an urban area of over 500,000 people (Colorado Springs). Manitou Springs is a Certified Local Government and has had an active Historic Preservation Commission and local Historic District since 1980.
Best known for its scenic landscapes, cool mountain air, healing mineral springs, hiking trails, year-round activities, and welcoming spirit, Manitou Springs thrives as a popular tourist destination. In fact, tourism is the mainstay of the local economy.
Area attractions include Garden of the Gods park, the Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Miramont Castle, and the breath-taking Seven Falls. Shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants line the downtown main street, and lodging ranges from historic B&Bs to elegant hotels.