Visitor Center:
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays | 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends

Average Time

1 to 3 hours


Manitou Springs was one of the first tourist destinations west of the Mississippi, originally drawing people with the health benefits of their eight naturally carbonated mineral drinking springs. Today, this quaint little town tucked in at the foot of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, is a thriving arts community, filled with charm and character. Manitou’s locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries are something best experienced firsthand. It’s the perfect place to kick back and soak up that Colorado vibe.

If you’re in town during one of their awesome events, put it at the top of your itinerary. From beer and wine festivals, to the Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Carnivale or the legendary Fruit Cake Toss, you’ll fall in love with this sweet little town’s character and the characters that live there!


Manitou is just west of Colorado Springs, about 6 miles from one downtown to the other. Plan on about 10-15 minutes for the drive, depending on traffic.
Being tucked up against the mountains and a slightly higher elevation, Manitou Springs enjoys pretty mild weather year around. The highs in the summer average around 85 degrees, and though there are cold, snowy winter days, there are many beautiful, sunny 50 and even 60 degree days.
Manitou is a great place to spend an evening out. There are over 20 locally-owned restaurants, ranging from locally-sourced vegetarian, to one of the best burgers you’ll ever have. Enjoy Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian or good old meat and potatoes. The bars and pubs have just as much variety, whether you’re looking for a place to belly-up, or wine replete with sommelier.
You have to check out the Penny Arcade, for both the kids and your inner child. There are also several great parks, or take them on a walking tour of the mineral springs and decide which is your favorite.


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