Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races - Visit Colorado Springs

Emma Crawford Coffin Races (October)

The Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs are an entire day of spooky fun.


2021 information TBD

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Each year, Manitou Springs hosts the Emma Crawford Coffin Races to commemorate a local tale and bring the community together in celebration of Halloween!

The History of Emma Crawford

In 1889, a young woman named Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs hopeful that the clean mountain air and healing mineral springs would cure her tuberculosis. After accomplishing a hike up nearby Red Mountain, she let it be known that once she passed on, her wish was to be buried on the mountain. She died soon after and was laid to rest on Red Mountain. Many years later, heavy rainfall caused Emma’s coffin to dislodge, and it came racing down the mountain, inspiring the Coffin Races. Emma supposedly still haunts Red Mountain today.

Coffin Race Fans

The Coffin Races & Other Spooky Activities

The story of Emma Crawford lives on in the wacky Emma Crawford Coffin Race up Manitou Avenue. Costumed impersonators of Emma ride on coffin-like contraptions pulled by teams of four “mourners.” A Parade of Coffins and awards for the best Emma and Most Creative Coffin complete the day-long event. Stay in town for the Emma Crawford Estate Sidewalk Sale hosted by participating local businesses in Downtown Historic Manitou Springs. The night before, a Victorian Wake in Emma's honor is held at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs.

Click here for more information about the Coffin Race.  Or, find out what other Halloween fun Colorado Springs has to offer right here.

Event Details

Date: 2021 information TBD
Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: 800 Manitou Avenue (Downtown Historic Manitou Springs)
Cost: FREE


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Friday, Jun 18, 2021
Overcast throughout the day.
High 89°
Low 66°
Chance of Rain 33%
Wind at 9 MPH
Saturday, Jun 19, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 86°
Low 60°
Chance of Rain 49%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Sunday, Jun 20, 2021
Possible light rain overnight.
High 91°
Low 60°
Chance of Rain 37%
Wind NW at 8 MPH
Monday, Jun 21, 2021
Overcast throughout the day.
High 68°
Low 54°
Chance of Rain 41%
Wind E at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 79°
Low 49°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind S at 6 MPH
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 91°
Low 53°
Chance of Rain 7%
Wind SW at 6 MPH
Thursday, Jun 24, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 93°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 4%
Wind NW at 5 MPH
Friday, Jun 25, 2021
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 90°
Low 61°
Chance of Rain 10%
Wind NW at 6 MPH