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2023 Fruitcake Toss
Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Manitou Springs Great Fruitcake Toss

The fruitcakes will fly again in Manitou Springs! Join us for old fashioned games of tossing fruitcakes! It all started in 1996 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and 28 years later, here we are. Events will be pure feats of strength, talent, balance and taste!

Let Your Fruitcake Fly
2023 Fruitcake Bake Off
Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Great Fruitcake Bake-Off

Calling all bakers! Do you make the best fruitcake? Want to put it to the test? Enter our Fruitcake bake-off to see if your family recipe truly is the best!

Fruitcake Bake-Off Rules
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Saturday February 17-18, 2023

Carnivale Parade

Returning in 2023 is the Manitou Springs Carnivale Weekend! Join us for Carniball, the Mumbo Gumbo Jumbo Cook-Off, and the Carnivale Parade. Find out all you need to know by visiting the Carnivale Weekend webpage for updates as we lock down the details, and fill out your nominations now for the Carnivale Court.

Carnivale Weekend
Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook Off
Saturday February 18, 2023

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off

Are you an aspiring gumbo chef or a professional that’s got this nailed down? Join in the fun at our gumbo cook-off and show us what you’ve got! The number of participants for this competition is limited, and spots go fast. Send your application today!

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A Sanctuary of Wellness

Nurture your mind, body, and spirit with mineral soaking at SunWater Spa, yoga in the park and so much more. Follow our Guide to Health & Wellness in Manitou Springs. Learn more

There's something in the water

Maybe it’s the mountain air, or the natural mineral springs. It might be the open-air dining or that feeling of being nestled just at the foot of Pikes Peak. Whatever it is, we know that nature rejuvenates us, now more than ever.

For centuries people have been making trips here to taste the magic and mystery of Manitou’s healing waters. Come and experience the magic for yourself—we dare you.

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Far from ordinary

All roads lead to adventure

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-tripper’s 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.

Where in the world is Manitou?

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Garden of the Gods

.5 miles away

Make sure you don’t miss Balanced Rock and Kissing Camels during your walk through the garden.

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Pikes Peak Highway

6 miles away

Hike it, drive it, bike it, bus it. No matter how you see Pikes Peak—it’s sure to take your breath away.

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Paths & Trails

Out your back door

Red Mountain and the (in)famous Manitou Incline are sure to get your heart pounding!

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Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway

60 miles round-trip

You just haven’t seen gold until you’ve seen the aspens along this scenic byway. 

Stay and play like a local

If you want to enjoy our lovely town to the fullest—kick-off your shoes and stay awhile. In order to live like a local, you should spend a few days in town to really get that Manitou vibe. There’s so much to experience right outside your front door.  

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Local tips & resources

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Gift Guide: By Holiday Song

If you’re still stumped on a few final gifts, use our guide to pair their favorite holiday song with a local shop that’s sure to leave them rockin’ around the Christmas tree.

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