Manitou Springs, Colorado, is hidden between Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. It’s located four miles west of Colorado Springs and 65 miles south of Denver. The beautiful mountain community is described by the word Manitou, which is Native American for spirit. Before white pioneers settled in the area, Cheyenne and Ute and other natives considered the area to be sacred.
The history of Manitou springs is linked forever to the springs that are located there. It’s believed that the same geographical lift that created Pikes Peak lifts the water from deep within the earth where it has absorbed high concentrations of minerals. However, it is the bubbles in the water that made Manitou Springs famous. The large amount of effervescence, which is caused by intense amounts of carbonic acid, allowed Native Americans and pioneers to experience the first carbonated drink years before the artificial process was ever discovered. It’s no wonder that the local creek was named Fontaine qui Bouille (Boiling Fountain) by the French missionaries that came to the area.
Attractions in the area of Manitou Springs are plentiful. Take a jeep or van tour and enjoy the breathtaking views. For a bird’s eye view of Pikes Peak and an opportunity to float above the clouds, take a hot air balloon and soar into the sky. The Air Force Academy welcomes visitors all year and admission is free.
If you’d like to investigate underground and enjoy the sights of flowstone and stalactites while exploring passages and rooms, stop by the Cave of the Winds where guides will share geological and historical information. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this history and geography of the area.
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are prehistoric ruins that were once called home by the Anasazi Indians who lived there between 1100 and 1300 AD. The museum offers visitors into the lives of these people that lived, hunted and roamed the area.
Other notable attractions in the area include:
There’s lots to do for the adventurous visitor in and around Manitou Springs. Take a nature hike to enjoy nature and breathtaking views. Go biking, fishing or golfing. Visit Colorado area casinos or enjoy the Performing Arts . For a walk on the wild side, there’s the ghost town museum, rafting, ballooning as well as horseback riding and skiing. You’ll never be at a loss for fun activities in the Manitou Springs area.
Whether you prefer American, European or old fashioned cuisine that includes antelope, buffalo, caribou, elk, venison, wild boar or something in between, Manitou Springs has fare that will delight your taste buds. The food served in the area is well known for its excellence in dining experiences.
From bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins and campgrounds to hotels featuring Jacuzzi and fireplace suites, there’s accommodations for every budget and taste in Manitou Springs.
Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway, a family vacation with the kids or a fun time on your own, Manitou Springs will fulfill all of your vacation needs. You will leave with many fond memories that will remain in your memory forever. If you are considering relocation, contact a Manitou real estate agent.
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