October 28, 2023
The Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs are an entire day of spooky fun.
Manitou Springs, Colorado, is a quaint mountain town just six miles west of downtown Colorado Springs.
The Historic Downtown Manitou Springs is an artist’s enclave featuring time-honored art galleries, street performers, creek-side restaurants and boutique stores. Enjoy a free concert at the town’s central Soda Springs Park, or take the kids fishing at Schryver Park, a shady oasis with an indoor pool, picnic area and stocked pond. Located at the base of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, Manitou Springs is abundant with fun attractions and activities. Ride a zip line over a canyon, watch a hilarious show while enjoying a tasty dinner or shop in Colorado's largest art gallery.
***For an alternative route during summer construction, take Colorado Avenue - 1 block north and parallel to Highway 24.
Historic Manitou Springs, Colorado was considered sacred by the Cheyenne, Mountain Ute and Arapaho tribes who settled in this area at the base of Pikes Peak.
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.”
The first westerner to discover the healing waters was Dr. Edwin James. He was also the first American to conquer the elusive Pikes Peak. Stories of the mountain and the healing mineral springs inspired General William J. Palmer and Dr. William A. Bell to visit the area in 1868. They decided that the Pikes Peak region would be a great resort area and began carrying out this vision.
In the early 1890s, the town’s mineral springs and clean mountain air established the area as a health resort, attracting large numbers of tubercular patients, medical professionals, celebrities and tourists to Historic Manitou Springs. Throughout the following years, the town struggled with challenges of ever changing tourism patterns. The formation of a National Historic District in the 1980s initiated the renovation and revitalization of many of the town’s beloved buildings and traditions, reminding residents and visitors of the charm Historic Manitou Springs has always offered. The mineral springs were renewed by the creation of the Mineral Springs Foundation in 1987. Today, Historic Manitou Springs is a charming town that is full of high-caliber artists, galleries, unique shops and restaurants.
This idyllic mountain town offers a unique set of experiences sure to please visitors of any type. Adventure-seekers can summit Pikes Peak by way of the challenging Manitou Incline hiking path or on a scenic train ride along the Broadmoor Manitou Pikes Peak Cog Railway. History buffs can learn about the region's original inhabitants by visiting the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and sample the effervescent waters of the eight mineral springs around the area, once rumored to possess healing properties. Find fun for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and play vintage arcade games at the always-popular Manitou Springs Penny Arcade.
Looking for even more adventure? Colorado Springs is home to more than 55 attractions and exciting things to do, and is host to a number of can't miss annual events throughout the year.
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Manitou Springs is well-known for their quirky and unique events that are fun for the entire family and are a great way to have fun and experience this unique mountain town. From the world renowned Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, where drivers race to the summit of Pikes Peak, and the unique Emma Crawford Coffin Race, come enjoy the entertainment that Manitou Springs' festivals have to offer.
Manitou Springs is full of boutiques and delicious local eateries.
Shopping in Manitou Springs ranges from art galleries to unique specialty shops like The Olive Tap. Find one-of-a-kind handmade items at the The Garden of the Gods Trading Post, as well as jewelry, souvenirs and more. You can spend all day in Manitou Springs browsing the boutiques and filling up at one of the region's tasty restaurants.
Looking for other nearby shopping? Check out other Colorado Springs retail stores and art galleries.
Manitou Springs is a foodie's favorite. It offers a variety of flavors including true Colorado cuisine, fondu, gluten-free bakeries and much more. Can't decide? Try a food tour that will take you to a number of the Manitou Springs restaurants while giving you a historic overview of the quaint mountain town.
The restaurants in Manitou Springs provide unique atmospheres and delicious cuisines. Spend a romantic evening with your significant other at the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant or the restaurants inside The Cliff House at Pikes Peak. Taste outside your comfort zone by trying authentic Colorado cuisine such as elk steaks, or the world-famous buffalo burgers available at The Balanced Rock Café. Many of the restaurants have outdoor patios where you can enjoy live music performances and beautiful mountain views. Whatever your taste or style, these Manitou Springs restaurants are the perfect place to have fun and eat well.
Savelli's Pizza, Pasta, and Subs301 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829
Silver Saddle Motel215 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829
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