Why Visit Manitou Springs (Where Is That?)

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Nestled between Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, historic Manitou Springs is centrally-located to the unique attractions of the Pikes Peak Region.

A road-trippers paradise, Manitou sits just below Highway 24. Head east and you’re to the interstate in under 15 minutes. Head west and you’re entering the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

Hot Springs at Sun Water Spa

1. Where to Eat

Lulu’s Downstairs & Upstairs. They have live music and Food. Ray Charles and Tine Turner even performed here. 

The Joint often uses their kitchen on the weekend and there food is to die for! It’s all Vegan too! You have to follow them on IG to really find out what they will be serving that day and at what time. 

Adams Mountain Cafe. They have amazing breakfast and vegan pastries. It’s located next to the Manitou sign when entering the town. I recommend their french toast.

2. Manitou Incline

Difficulty level: Extreme

Total stairs: 2,744

Annual visitors: An estimated 70,000 annual visitors ranging from 7-70 years old.
Average time: Seasoned Incliners and Olympic athletes may summit in under 30 minutes, but most hikers complete the Incline in 1 hour or longer.

Hiawatha Gardens Parking Lot


Plan for a 1.3-mile walk from the Hiawatha Gardens parking lot to the base of the Incline or ride the #33 Shuttle, that picks up across the street from Hiawatha Gardens.

The Cog Railway 

If you want skip the incline hop on the Cog instead!

3. Garden of The Gods

The world-class Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is your gateway to Garden of the Gods Park. Free admission includes over 30 interactive exhibits, see the world’s only Theiophytalia Kerri dinosaur, Geologic Time Tunnel, Flora and Fauna Hall, Geology Hall, Wall of Changing Seasons (time-lapse photography exhibit), Historic photos and 3D Dinosaur mural.

Learn about the park by viewing the movie “How Did Those Red Rocks Get There?” shown every twenty minutes in the Geo-Trekker theater. ($6/adults, $4/children 5-12) Free park maps, information, guided nature walks at 10 am & 2 pm, adventure series programs, free nature presentations, major outdoor events.

4. Winter November- March

Although, we see a lot of sun here Winter still comes by more often. It’ll snow and by the afternoon the sun will come up and it’ll be a nice cold warm winter. 

It’s great to come by in layers and the shed the layers through out the day since you really don’t know what it’s going to be like. 

My favorite is going to the hot springs in the winter. It’s exciting. 

Maitou has a lot shops that you can stop by at and also a penny arcade thats out in the open. The architecture and the weirdness of it all makes it a unique place to visit. A Great place to visit for the weekend. 

Theres cool places to take pictures at and the house are quaint to look at. 

There are mineral water fountains in certain areas where you can fill you water bottles.

A great place to walk and hike and then grab a bite to eat after.

5. Markets on Saturday

Depending where you are..markets are happening during the weekend.

In Puerto Veijo there is market in town where you can get food, fruits, look at the art and jewelry and more…

Save your money for the market!

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Quick tip:

Make sure to bring you walking shoes too!


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