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!

Happy Trails

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

Drum Circle

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.

City Parks

Grab your picnic blanket and your frisbee and enjoy the mild weather Colorado is famous for.

Fields Community Park

Located on Beckers Lane, Fields Community Park boasts tennis courts, a skateboard park, and a footpath that winds along Fountain Creek.

Mansions Park

Large open-air pavilion surrounded by a flower/vegetable garden, walkways, shuffleboard courts and benches. Located behind City Hall.

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.

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, a playgroud, and a picnic area.

Soda Springs Park

Features a playground, picnic area, and a large open-air pavilion that hosts concerts during the warmer months.