discover the town of great spirits
Welcome to Manitou Springs
Long before European explorers discovered Pikes Peak, the American Indians had been stopping to drink the sacred bubbling mineral spring water of the area. The name Manitou comes from the Algonquian word meaning “great spirits.”
Put a spring in your step
Take a 'Spring About' Tour
Explore our historic downtown while taking a tour of our eight naturally-effervescent cold-water mineral springs. Water flows 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all to enjoy. Bring a water bottle or stop in 354 Manitou Ave. for a sipping cup.
Local’s tip: Plan to stay all day! Park in the free parking lot and ride the free shuttle to downtown!
The Mineral Springs tours aren’t the only way to explore. Head out on foot to really get to know Manitou Springs. Enjoy a mineral spring walking tour or scout the parks and alcoves of town for one-of-a-kind sculptures and murals.
Free and fun in Manitou
Thursday evenings in Memorial Park throughout the summer, until the cold weather drives us indoors. Come for the juggling, hula hoops, dancing, and of course drums.
Local food, arts and crafts, music, animals, and kid-friendly activities are every Thursday from 3-7 p.m., June 20 through Oct. 3 at Memorial Park.
Park your folding chair on the Library Lawn in the summer every Tuesday for great live music or head to Soda Springs Park on Monday and Thursday evenings for big band tunes.
Poetry and Pottery
Head to Soda Springs Park for free pottery making and guided poetry composition Wednesdays Noon-2 p.m. in June and July.
Most popular attractions
Grab your picnic blanket and your frisbee and enjoy the mild weather Colorado is famous for.