Manitou Springs

Not just another mountain town


Holiday Traditions Begin in Manitou Springs

From visits with Santa, to holiday lights and the best small business shopping around, Manitou Springs it the perfect place to stroll for holiday cheer and unique gifts.

Nov 1-Mar. 15

Shop Manitou, Ski Monarch

Redeem $75 in Manitou Springs receipts at 354 Manitou Ave. and receive a 40% off voucher to Ski Monarch Mountain.

January 25, 2020

The Great Fruitcake Toss

The fruitcakes will fly again in downtown Manitou Springs! Join us for old fashioned games of tossing fruitcakes, costume competition, libations and a fruitcake bake off! It all started in 1996 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and 20 years later, here we are. Events will be pure feats of strength, talent, balance and taste!

Sat. Feb. 22, 2020

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 gumbo cook-off and show us what you’ve got! If you are better-suited to snacking, then come taste what our 20 gumbo chefs have cooked up in the park and vote for your favorite. Samples are a mere 50¢ each!

Nov. & Dec.

Visit Santa in Manitou!

Nov. 29 @ 5 pm @ the Town Clock Tree Lighting 
Nov. 30-Dec. 1  & Dec. 21-22,  1-3 pm @ 934 Manitou Ave Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 5 pm @ the Town Clock

February, 21, 2020

3rd Annual CarniBall Masquerade Dance

CarniBall is Manitou Masquerade at it’s finest! Come dressed in your best “Rocky’s Middle Earth” masquerade costumes for drinks and Cajun-inspired food (gluten-free & vegan options will be available) and live music, plus the 2020 Carnivale King and Queen & Court will be announced this evening.

Jan. 25, 2020

Fruitcake Toss

You know what they say about flying your freak flag, right? You fly it. We feel the same way about fruitcakes. Meet in the park in January to toss your fruitcakes.

There's something in the water

It’s lithium…magnesium and potassium. For centuries people have been making trips here to taste the magic and mystery of the healing waters.  American Natives considered the land around the water sacred and the natural carbonation in the water the “breath of the Great Spirit, Manitou.” It is said many tribes from different areas put down their weapons in hopes of gaining health and wellness.

Get to know Manitou

Manitou is the perfect place to slow your pace to a stroll. Explore our walkable downtown and sip from the cold-water effervescent mineral springs that made this mountain town famous. 

Far from ordinary

Close 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. Stay in our friendly mountain town and you are near to all the fun stuff the Pikes Peak Region has to offer.

6.5 miles to Colorado Springs
17 miles to COS Airport
75 miles to Denver

Come on, stay awhile

If you want to enjoy our lovely town to the fullest, you’ll want to kick-off your shoes and stay awhile. In order to live like a local, you have to spend a few days in town to absorb that Manitou vibe. There’s so much to experience right out of your front door.  If it’s people watching, shopping or hiking, let us put you smack dab in the center of it all!

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