Manitou Springs is a small but vibrant Colorado mountain town just six miles west of downtown Colorado Springs. It’s a popular place, particularly in the summer, as the downtown area features many small shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as a creekside city park with a children's playground. There are numerous natural mineral springs dotted throughout Historic Manitou Springs and are still available to the public. The native tribes considered the eruption of bubbles in the mineral water the breath of the Great Spirit “Manitou.”
At the heart of Manitou Springs is the Manitou Incline, which stretches up Pikes Peak with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. It is, perhaps, the most unique and challenging trail in the country, attracting runners, Olympic athletes, and cyclists from around the world.
Experience events and festivals in Manitou Springs that you can't experience anywhere else in the state! Manitou Springs is known for its fun, independent, and quicky charm and this down never disappointments! Boutiques here are shops you can't find anywhere else so take your time and visit them all!
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of relocated Anasazi ruined cliff dwellings and a museum located just west of Colorado Springs.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway is one of the world's highest railways, with scenic train rides to the top of Pikes Peak since 1891.
The Manitou Springs Incline is a popular hiking trail rising above Manitou Springs.
Manitou Springs is probably best known for the Manitou Incline, a challenging hike that used to be cable tie cars. You'll legs will get the workout of their life with 2,000 feet of elevation in approximately one mile. When you drive into Manitou Springs, you can't miss the sight!
Another equally difficult but different hiking challenge would be Barr Trail. A 12+ mile trail that takes you from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak!
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