Manitou Springs is a vibrant artisan community, home of world-class art, music and sidewalk sculpture displays. As a walkable mountain town, in the heart of the Pikes Peak region, the historic district is lined with one-of-a-kind gift shops, art galleries, mineral springs, and a variety of restaurants and taverns, plus a local winery and brewery.
Stay and stroll downtown
Nestled between Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs is centrally located to the attractions of the Pikes Peak Region. Our walkable small town is the perfect place to stay while you stroll the newly-designated creative district, sip the cold-water mineral drinking springs and explore unique shopping and dining. Book a room in a historic hotel, quaint mountain cottage, charming bed & breakfast, or quiet campground.
Sip the sparkling mineral springs
Manitou Springs is known for its 8 naturally-effervescent, cold water drinking springs. Each spring has a unique taste and custom-designed font. Tour information and souvenir tasting cups are available at the Visitors Center at 354 Manitou Ave.
Play, things to see and do
- There are many ways to explore Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain (and the inspiration for Katherine Lee Bates’ song, America the Beautiful. Take a hike to the top via Barr Trail or the Crags Trail, arrange for a guided jeep tour, bike it, or drive your own car. No matter the route, don’t miss the world’s highest donut shop, where, since 1916, they’ve been churning out hundreds of donuts daily.
- If you prefer adventure, visit Cave of the Winds for a heart-stopping ride on the Terror-dactyl, a 100 mph, 200-foot free fall off the edge of a cliff. If zip lining is more your speed, then check out Adventures Out West, Royal Gorge Bridge, Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline Tours or Seven Falls for blood-pumping zip line adventures.
- No visit to the Pikes Peak Region would be complete without a tour of Garden of the Gods. Start at the Visitor Center on the east side of the park and learn how this magnificent geology has been shaped. Then, arrange for a Jeep or Segway tour, take a trail ride on horseback or rent a mountain bike. Stop for a souvenir and lunch at the historic Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Don’t miss your chance to photograph of yourself “propping up” Balanced Rock!
- Make some time for yourself and enjoy a soak in a mineral hot tub at foot of Pikes Peak when you visit SunWater Spa. Try this rotation: soak in the heated mineral saltwater hot tub, then a quick plunge into the cold pool, followed by a steam the sauna for the full pampered experience. Snooze in an outdoor hammock before you leave.
- Head to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide for a tour of rescued wolves, coyotes and foxes. Get a close-up encounter with the elusive wolf. The center focuses on conservation, education, and preservation.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to the largest herd of giraffes at any zoo. Don’t miss the early morning “stampede” as the giraffes are released from the barn. Visitors can purchase healthy giraffe snacks and hand-feed them.
- Spend the afternoon at the Dinosaur Resource Center, in Woodland Park. The Dinosaur Resource Center is home to a world-class museum and working paleontology lab. Take a guided tour and learn about dinosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish of North America’s late Cretaceous period, then watch paleontologists painstakingly uncover actual fossils.
Hiking trails for all levels
Red Rock Canyon Open Space has several different trail loops throughout the park. Located near Manitou Springs, it features beautiful wildflowers, wildlife, red rock features and quarry ponds. Good for all skill levels. Accessible year-round. Dogs on leash.
The Manitou Incline This hike is not recommended for beginners or young children. A 3.6-mile loop, the Incline follows an old cog railbed straight up Mount Manitou. This strenuous climb features a trail grade of 68% on some sections. No pets allowed. You must take the Barr Trail down.
Mount Cutler Trail A short and steep, moderately-difficult 1.8 mile out and back hiking-only trail located in North Cheyenne Cañon. Features wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs on leash.
Columbine Trail A 6.8 mile out and back trail located in North Cheyenne Cañon. Parts of the trail follow North Cheyenne Creek, you pass through towering ponderosa pines, steep cliffs, and mountains. The trail is appropriate for all skill levels. Dogs on leash, bicycles, and horses.
Rainbow Gulch Trail A 3.5 mile moderately-trafficked out and back trail off Rampart Range Road near Woodland Park, features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until Oct. Dogs on a leash.
Catamount Trail A 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back hikers-only trail located near Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. Featuring a waterfall with a difficulty rating of moderate. Best traversed April thru October. Dogs on a leash.
The Intemann Trail A 4.81-mile popular trail for all level of hikers and mountain bikers. It connects Manitou Springs to Section 16 and Bear Creek Regional Park and is the link between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs via trails. It is a great year-round trail with views of the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Open Space and Manitou Springs. Dogs on leash.
The Crags & Horsethief is a 9.1 mile out and back trail located near Cripple Creek. Features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Best used from Mar. through Oct. Dogs on a leash.
St. Mary’s Falls Moderate to difficult 6.3 miles out and back trail located in North Cheyenne Cañon, features a waterfall. Best to hike Mar. through Nov., or when the snowpack is low. Dogs on a leash.
Seven Bridges Trail A popular moderately-difficult 5.78 mile out and back hiking-only trail located in North Cheyenne Cañon. The trail follows a mountain stream. Best to hike Mar. through Nov., or when the snowpack is low. Dogs on a leash.
Barr Trail to Pikes Peak 26 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located in Manitou Springs. Recommended for experienced adventurers or those prepared for an overnight trip. Hike April through October. Bicycles and dogs on leash.
City and State Parks
Garden of the Gods Each year over one million visitors enjoy hiking, technical rock climbing, road and mountain biking, and horseback riding in the Garden of the Gods. This city park is a registered National Natural Landmark.
Mueller State Park Over 5,000 acres at the foot of Pikes Peak. Year-round camping, picnicking, trail use and fishing.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Prairie-to-peak ecosystem, this park has miles of hiking/biking trails, plus a campground and picnic area.
Crystal Reservoir Scenic high-mountain lake on the north slope of Pikes Peak. Open to hiking, picnicking, fishing or human-powered kayaks/canoes.
North Cheyenne Cañon Park Drive, hike or bike to Helen Hunt Falls and beyond. Look for the Gold Camp Road parking lot for access to miles of trails.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space This 789-acre park, adjacent to Manitou, is a hub for hiking, biking and horseback trails
Eleven Mile State Park Canoeing, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking are popular on the reservoir. Designated shoreline campsites.
Rampart Reservoir Water supply for the City of Colorado Springs, located 4.2 miles east of Woodland Park. Day use/overnight fees apply. Enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Wading, swimming, and water skiing are prohibited.
Manitou Springs City Parks
Memorial Park Sculptures dot Memorial Park, along with plenty of shady trees, benches and picnic tables. Look for the Manizoo Sandbox and the children’s playground.
Soda Springs Park Features a playground, picnic area, and a large open-air pavilion that hosts concerts during the warmer months.
Mansions Park Large open-air pavilion surrounded by a flower/vegetable garden, walkways and benches. Located behind City Hall.
Fields Community Park Located on Beckers Lane, Fields Community Park boasts tennis courts, a skateboard park, and a footpath that winds along Fountain Creek
Schryver Park Provides a shady oasis on a hot summer day. It has an indoor pool, a small pond in which children can catch fish, and a picnic area.