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Manitou Springs Travel Guide: 81 reviews and 145 photos

A Step Back in Time

A visit to Manitou Springs is a visit back to two separate eras - one of the 1940s and 50s, one of the hippie days of the 60s and 70s.

We found lodging rates to be rather reasonable, considering its proximity to Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods and Colorado Springs. I, for one, was surprised to see the old-fashioned motels and camp grounds still in abundance. And, in walking around the somewhat charming downtown section, we found ourselves in kind of a mini-Sedona. Lots of "new-agey" shops and galleries, middle-aged hippies, etc. It was fun, however - a nice place to just walk around.

And - yes, there are springs in Manitou Springs, and you can drink from them. One is located in the little garden area in the accompanying photo.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Has a certain charm of its own, close to tourist attractions.
  • Cons:Lodging options not great, too many schlocky touristy shops.
  • In a nutshell:All-in-all an enjoyable spot to visit.
  • Last visit to Manitou Springs: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 5, 2003
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  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2003 at 9:51 PM

    The downtown sounds wonderfully charming. I wasn't aware of this area or the Cliff Dwellings... fascinating. Oh I love the sound of that Salmon Enchilada. Fabulous photo and page.

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2003 at 6:14 PM

    Curious what the other 'frank' would have to say. Great page. I lernd something new. I had to visit the brittannica to learn about the anasazi

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