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.
You can do so many things in Manitou Springs!
Hidden between Garden of the Gods and America’s most famous mountain, Pikes Peak, lies the magical town of Manitou Springs.
“Manitou,” a Native American word for “spirit,” describes this beautiful mountain community. Eleven naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains, located throughout this Historic town, run free for all who wish to enjoy the healing benefits. The Ute, Cheyenne and other Native Americans considered this area sacred for the healing springs and clean mountain air.
Where Life and Art merge…
Manitou Springs is a vibrant artisan community, home to world class art, music, theater and sidewalk sculpture displays. The Historic District is lined with unique art galleries, one of a kind gift shops and trading posts with handcrafted Native American treasures. Manitou Springs is home to dozens of artists and art galleries. The Manitou Springs Arts Council is a driving force for the arts in our historic town!
Is also home to internationally famous historic restaurants, as well as many favorite neighborhood dining establishments, Manitou Springs has a wide selection of quality accommodations: Lodging can be found in a historic hotel, many unique Victorian bed & breakfasts, classic and cozy unique hotels & motels, quality motor inns, top quality chains, secluded cabins & cottages and RV Parks & campgrounds.
The Pikes Peak area attractions make your Manitou Springs experience complete.
The Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway will take you to the top of Pikes Peak elevation 14,115 feet. At the Cave of the Winds, you will descend into the colorful depths of Colorado. Miramont Castle and the Cliff Dwellings Museum will take you back in time. The Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama will tickle your funny bone and delight your senses. The Garden of the Gods Park & The Garden of the Gods Visitors & Nature Center and will lift your spirit. Visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for the largest gift shop and gallery at the south edge of the park. The Ghost Town Museum and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will bring you back 100 years to an 1800″s old west town. Families have all of this to enjoy and more!
The North Pole & Santa’s Workshop, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Seven Falls, Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center and the Air Force Academy, are all a short drive away.