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Nestled in a narrow valley, Manitou Springs is an old time tourist town that does not show it's age. Stretched along Manitou Ave and some along Canon Ave, the town is basically a single row of buildings offering a wide variety of choices. There are antique shops, and fine art galleries. Gift shops vie with clothing stores and home decoration stores. Fine jewelry and inexpensive bric-a-brac for the teens and younger kids. Souvenirs galor. And don't assume that each shop is one type of items only. Look around and you'll find lots to variation along the street and in each shop.

Don't miss the arcade and toy shops. As I said, this is an old time tourist town. Tucked away in the middle is an old style arcade with games for the entire family.

You'll find fine dining and a hot dog stand on the street (it's not near any corner). We spend a day and have another week of wandering to do.

Oh, and the 'Springs'? yes, there are natural springs. Soda springs and sulfur springs. Hot and cold springs. From west to east - Ute Spring (west on Manitou Ave); - Iron Spring (west on Ruxton Ave); - Twin Spring (just west of town on Ruxton Ave); - Stratton Spring (so corner of Ruxton and Manitou); - Cyeyenne Spring with spring house (Manitou Ave center of town); - Navajo Spring (hidden in the Arcade on Manitou Ave); - Shoshone Spring with house (Manitou-center of town); then off a bit are Wheeler Spring on Park Ave, behind Soda Springs Park ( near the Post Office); an d- Minute Spring (east of town).

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  • Pros:A lot to offer, from on top to down under
  • In a nutshell:Have to go back, several times.
  • Last visit to Manitou Springs: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2009
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