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Free Shuttle and Parking Info


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Parking at the Incline has changed and few spaces are available for hikers. Please see Hiawatha Gardens and the Rt. 33 Free Shuttle to access the base of the Incline or see Paid Lots at the Incline below for other parking options.

Free Parking

Hiawatha Gardens and Memorial Park at 10 Old Man’s Trail

  • 10 minute walk to downtown
  • Connects to FREE Route 33 Incline shuttle

Fields Park at 65 Beckers Lane in Manitou Springs

  • Connects to FREE Route 36 Downtown Manitou Ave. shuttle that runs seasonally from May to September

Additional free on-street parking can be found along Manitou Ave from Mayfair Ave to El Paso Blvd. PLEASE NOTE: Certain streets are open to residential parking permits only. Residential areas are monitored and parking is strictly enforced. Avoid a citation by parking legally. More information about our Residential Parking Permit Program can be found here.

Free Shuttle












The free shuttle runs every 20 minutes daily and is a great way to explore Manitou Springs! All shuttles have a bike rack that can hold up to two bikes at one time.

Route 33 – Incline/Cog

This shuttle will transport you from the Shuttle Stop at Memorial Park/Hiawatha Gardens, west on Manitou Ave. through Historic Manitou Springs, and up Ruxton Ave. for access to the Incline, Cog Railroad (currently closed), Iron Springs Chateau, and the Barr Trail up Pikes Peak.

Operating Hours: 6am – 8pm

 Route 36 – Downtown/Manitou Ave

This route loops from a stop on El Paso Blvd near Fields Park, down Manitou Ave and through Historic Downtown Manitou Springs.

Operating Hours: Sun-Thurs 8am – 8pm, Fri-Sat 8am – Midnight

This is a seasonal shuttle running from May to the end September.

Access to Mountain Metro, Pikes Peak area public transit, can be accessed on the Route 3 bus at Old Man’s Trail, (Hiawatha Gardens/Memorial Park with buses heading east into Old Colorado City and Downtown Colorado Springs.

Transit Route Schedules 

Paid Parking


All paid parking is free after 6 p.m. Spaces are available in Manitou Springs’ Historic Downtown and on Ruxton Avenue using the Parking Kiosks located in the area. Paid parking operates from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, though the first 30 minutes are free (2x per day. (on street) You must input license plate for any parking option, even for free parking. On-street kiosks accept coin or cards. The kiosks are zoned, so if you add time/money, please do so at the kiosk next to your vehicle.

Paid Lots

Paid public lots provide convenient parking spaces for the town’s historic district. Because of the different rates, payments for parking in the lots must be made at the in-lot kiosks, not on-street kiosks. Payment by coins or credit cards is accepted. Paid parking is from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. (free after 6pm) Rates are $1.00 per hour for the first 4 hours, or $5.00 for the entire day. Please note: lots are always first come, first served and can fill up quickly. Hybrid vehicles must pay for parking; there is no charge for bicycles and racks are provided.

At the Incline

Street Parking

First 30 Minutes (2x per day) Free
First 3 Hours $1/hour
4-6 Hours $2/hour
Over 6 Hours $3/hour
Daily Max $28

Ruxton Avenue Parking

The first block of Ruxton Avenue between Manitou and Osage Avenues is 2-hour parking. The rate is $1 per hour and visitors are limited to no more than 2 hours, once per day on this block.

The hourly rate for Ruxton Avenue on-street parking west of Osage Avenue is $5 per hour. Paid public parking is allowed Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All other times, Ruxton Avenue west of Osage and Winter Street are Resident Permit Parking only. Early morning or late evening on-street public parking is no longer available on Ruxton Avenue or Winter Street.


Tie-Dye-Clad Coordinators to Assist Manitou Parking Lots

[SEASONAL, Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend]

Visitors to Manitou Springs are now able to receive assistance on finding parking spaces from station coordinators available at all of the city’s lots.

Coordinators are on duty at Hiawatha Gardens, Cañon and Barr Trail lots, Wichita and Smischny lots. The coordinators, adorning Manitou style tie-dyed t-shirts, will be available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout this 2018 summer to monitor the capacity of each lot and communicate with each other via radio to direct visitors to lots where parking is available.

The coordinators will also help update the variable message board at the Ruxton Avenue roundabout to advise visitors on available parking. As well as assist visitors in getting to their destinations or provide them with information about everything from how to use the payment kiosks or what’s going on in town.


 On-Street Kiosks

  1. Press any button on the kiosk to start.
  2. Enter license plate number on the keypad. [do not enter state]
  3. Choose “Purchase ticket.”
  4. Choose “30 Minutes Free” or “Hourly” option.
  5. Choose # of hours to pay, and then hit “OK.”
  6. Pay by coins or credit card. If paying by credit card, screen will prompt to input a mobile number to enable extend time by phone.
  7. Take receipt when finished. If error made inputting plate number, place receipt on vehicle dash.

Public Lot Kiosks

  1. Press any button on the kiosk to start.
  2. Enter license plate number on the keypad.
  3. Choose “Purchase ticket.”
  4. Choose “Hourly” to pay by the hour. Choose “Daily” to pay for all day.
  5. Choose how many hours/days and press “OK.”
  6. Pay by coins, bills, or credit card. If paying by credit, enter mobile number to enable extend by phone.
  7. Take receipt when finished. If error made inputting plate number, place receipt on vehicle dash.

How to Extend Parking Time

  1. When paying by credit card, the screen will prompt the input of a mobile number to receive text notice.
  2. When text received, to extend parking follow the instructions closely. Make sure to input in 60 minute increments when replying.
  3. A text reply after time has expired will not work as the system clears your information.
  4. On-street parking can also be extended at any on-street kiosk.
  5. Off-street parking can only be extended at the kiosk in the lot that you parked in.

Parking Tips

  1. If you don’t know your license plate number, take a photo with your mobile phone for easy reference at the kiosk. If you have a typo on the receipt, just place it on your dash to avoid a ticket.
  2. Add time to parking on the street at any on-street parking meter kiosks in town, not only the one closest to where you parked. Paid parking above the first block of Ruxton Avenue must be paid for and can be extended only at a meter on Ruxton above the first block. You can’t pay for or extend parking on Ruxton from a Downtown kiosk, or vice versa.
  3. Only pay or extend your time in the public lots at a meter in the lot where you parked.
  4. If a kiosk does not print a receipt, it may be out of paper. Call (719) 685-2571 to request a refill, or walk away knowing your license plate was recorded as “paid” if the screen showed the expiration time.
  5. Parking on Ruxton is signed with detailed instructions. Please read all signs closed to where you parked.
  6. Our uniformed parking ambassadors are always glad to assist or answer your questions.

The Manitou Springs Parking Office can be reached by telephone at 719-685-2549. Their offices are located inside City Hall at 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829

The Parking Office can be contacted with questions about permits (Center Lane; Parking Lots; Residential), tickets and citations, or anything involving the city’s parking program. Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. If you have questions about parking citations or how to pay a ticket, please visit 

Alternative Transportation

Mountain Metro Transit:

The Route 3 city bus travels between Memorial Park at Old Man’s Trail in Manitou Springs and the Downtown Colorado Springs Terminal through Old Colorado City. Connections can be made to the Free Shuttle in Manitou Springs. For more information about Mountain Metro Transit, visit

By Bicycle:

The Manitou Springs Creekwalk trail connects to the Midland Trail, offering a fun way to get outdoors and explore our town.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction, The Midland Trail will be closed through Fall 2018 from Beckers Lane to Columbia Road for construction.  The signed detour route is to use El Paso Blvd, connecting to a bike route along Pikes Peak Ave or back to the Midland Trail via either Columbia Road or Beckers Lane. 

Helpful Bike Links:


Pikes Peak Region Bike Map

Commuting by Bike

Bike and Bus


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