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What Are The Top Amenities at Manitou Springs, CO?

Best Amenities in Manitou Springs, CO

The above reveals the top rental amenities and the property numbers associated with each of them in Manitou Springs. In Manitou Springs, 1117 rentals offer Internet or Wifi, 1095 rentals offer TV, 1079 rentals offer Bed linens provided. So, if you need Internet or Wifi during your vacation, use the Internet or Wifi filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Pool, Hot Tub.

Which Price Range Is Most Typical in Manitou Springs, CO Area?

Vacation House & Cabin Rental Price Information in Manitou Springs, CO

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Manitou Springs has the largest percentage (22.45%) of homes in $100 - $150 price range.
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Which Accommodations Should I Pick in Manitou Springs, CO?
Most Picked Accommodations in Manitou Springs, CO
In Manitou Springs, 64.35% of listings are House, which is the most popular accommodation out of 21 total accommodation types. Avg price per night for House is around $266. And the most searched amenities for House accommodation is Pool.The least popular accommodation in Manitou Springs is Campground rentals
How Many Accommodations Are Not Pets Friendly in Manitou Springs, CO?
Pets Allowed vs Not Allowed in Manitou Springs, CO
26.03% of vacation homes in Manitou Springs are pet friendly. Either you bring your loved pets on vacation or you have pet allergies, make sure to select the homes by applying the right filters.
Best Tourist Attractions in Manitou Springs, CO?
Points of Interests In Manitou Springs, CO

Here we list the must-visit places in Manitou Springs:

Trail Recommendations in Manitou Springs, CO Area?
Best Trails In Manitou Springs, CO
The most visited trails here in Manitou Springs are: William's Canyon Trail [CLOSED], Paul Intemann Nature, Rainbow Falls, Red Mountain, The Incline, Barr Trail Day Hike.
Any RV Campgrounds in Manitou Springs, CO?
Top Rated Campgrounds In Manitou Springs, CO
For campgrounds in Manitou Springs, here are our recommendations: Thunder Ridge, Meadow Ridge, Meadow Ridge, Pikes Peak RV Park &, Colorado Heights, Red Rocks Group, Colorado Springs KOA, Meadow Camp, Cripple Creek KOA, Cripple Creek Campground.
How Many Airports in Manitou Springs, CO?
Airports Options in Manitou Springs, CO

Here are the airports that located near Manitou Springs:

How to get around in Manitou Springs, CO?
Transportations

Colorado Springs Airport is the closest to Manitou Springs, Colorado. Although it is a smaller airport than Denver, it does accept larger aircraft. It is about half an hour from Manitou Springs. It is possible to take a taxi or use a rideshare service to get to Manitou Springs, but it is advisable to rent a car as some of the attractions in the area may be easier to access in a rental car.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Manitou Springs, CO?
Trip Planning

If you have only one day to spend in Manitou Springs, start the day with breakfast at Mo’s Diner then head to the Rose Ledge Ranch. Follow that up with a trip to the Dinosaur Resource Center, the Colorado Wolf, and Wildlife Center, and take a break for lunch at the Mason Jar. Visit the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, grab a snack at Pike’s Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream, then head to the Garden of the Gods. Visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and the Miramont Castle before heading to Briarhurst Manor. Finish the day with drinks at The Keg.

If you can stay another day, take the Mineral Springs Walking Tour after breakfast at Red Dog Coffee. Take a ride to the Black Bear Distillery and D’Vine Wine before heading to lunch at Borders Burger Bar. Tour the Space Foundation Discovery Center and the Ghost Town Museum. Grab a snack at Goldminer’s Nut and Candy before heading to the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering through art galleries and shops downtown. Grab dinner at the Airplane Restaurant before finishing the night off with drinks and music at Lulu’s Underground.

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Manitou Springs, CO?
Local Events & Festivals

The Great Fruitcake Toss began in 1996 when locals began throwing fruitcakes in the park. Prizes are awarded for distance, speed, accuracy, and balance. All fruitcakes are not used go to Jezebel, a pig living at SunMountain. All fruitcakes used in the toss are free of preservatives and safe for the animals. There is also a demonstration on how to make a mini catapult and food trucks are onsite at the event which is held each January.

Carnivale Weekend is held at the same time as the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. There is a CarniBall Masquerade Ball, Mumbo Gumbo Jumbo Cook-Off, and parade as well as specials offered at downtown locations.

The first Saturday in June, the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival takes place, growing from just a handful of wineries to more than 20 juried vendors. All the wine celebrated is made in Colorado. There are vendors, food trucks, and live music in the park as well as treats designed to be paired with wine tastings. Tickets include samplings from all participating wineries, a tote bag, and a commemorative tasting glass.

The Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest, held the first Saturday in July, began as a way for neighbors to meet each other and has since blossomed into a friendly competition to see who can make the best pie. The pie is paired with a variety of ice creams to cure anyone’s sweet tooth.

Every year, Manitou Springs holds an Independence Day Celebration in Soda Springs Park. People bring a picnic lunch or dinner, lawn chairs or blankets, and relax in the park before the annual fireworks begin. There are also lawn games for kids and other activities throughout the day.

The Commonwheel Arts Festival, held every Labor Day weekend, is a three-day art festival in Memorial Park. There are live original music and kids activities available throughout the event. Food vendors and a beer garden are added attractions as visitors view the work of more than 100 juried artists and purchase some of the unique items at the festival.

In September, Manitou Springs is home to the Heritage Brew Festival which benefits the local museum. Visitors are able to sample a wide range of beer and food in the park while listening to live music.

Manitou Paints celebrates “en Plein Air,” which is the act of painting outside. There is live painting on the streets during the event, held in September, as well as in the parks throughout the town. An online auction of the art is held in October and proceeds to support the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce as well as the artist.

The Fruitcake Toss is not the only unusual event to take place in Manitou Springs. The Emma Crawford Coffin Races, held in October each year, is a festival in memory of Emma Crawford. The woman came to Manitou Springs in 1889 hoping the fresh air would cure her tuberculosis but, sadly, she died in 1891 of the illness. She requested to be buried at the top of Red Mountain. Almost 40 years later, storms unearthed the coffin, and Emma was sent sliding down the mountainside. In honor of Emma and her slide down the mountain, the coffin race was founded. Teams with names like Stranger Springs:  Upside Down, Hosen Dead Guys, Scooby & the Gang, Team Fossil, the Nerds and more decorate a coffin of their choosing and have four runners who push the coffin to the finish line. The team has an “Emma” who must rest inside the coffin. Winners are vying for the Coffin Cup, a friendly competition between Manitou Springs and a neighboring town.

Silent Disco & Food Truck Rally began in 2018 and continues each August. Participants wear headphones in order to listen to three different DJs playing simultaneously and dance the night away in the park. Each DJ has special-colored earphones in order for others to identify who is listening to the same music. There is also a food truck rally, vendors, and more.

What are the must-visit places in Manitou Springs, CO?
Must See Attractions

The Rock Ledge Ranch historic site gives visitors an inside look at the lifestyles and homes of the early inhabitants of the Pike’s Peak area. Because several periods of development took place at this location, you are able to see how history changed over the years. The buildings at Rock Ledge Ranch have been restored to their original appearance. Learn about the Ute and Plains Indians as well as the difficulties encountered by settlers as they moved west. There is information on homesteading as well as the struggles of operating a farm in the late 19th century. You can also witness the grace and sophistication of an estate built by General William J. Palmer.

Take a ride on the Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railway in the world, where you will see the views that inspired the song America the Beautiful. The first passenger train arrived on the summit in June 1891 and the railroad has seen many changes since then. Over the past three years, new tracks, new trains, and a new depot have been installed. You can find the depot at 515 Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs. 

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center located at 1805 North 30th Street in Colorado Springs, is a gateway to the Garden of the Gods park where you can see the world’s only Theiophytalia Kerri dinosaur. There are a geologic time tunnel, flora and fauna hall as well as a wall of changing seasons. It is here you can arrange for Jeep, Segway, and trolley tours or learn more about biking, eBike, or rock climbing excursions.

There are eight mineral springs located in the Manitou Springs area, each lying deep underground in a system of aquifers. The water erodes the limestone and creates carbonic acid, creating natural carbonation. This forces the water through cracks in the rock where it absorbs sodium bicarbonate and other minerals. There is a self-guided walking tour with a map available online. The springs include:

  • 7 Minute Spring
  • Cheyenne Spring
  • Iron Spring Geyser
  • Navajo Spring
  • Shoshone Spring
  • Stratton Spring
  • Twin Spring
  • Wheeler Spring
What are the activities in Manitou Springs, CO that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located at 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, sits at 6,714 feet above sea level. The zoo offers stunning views and offers a unique design that gets visitors closer to the animals. You can hand-feed a reticulated giraffe, watch grizzlies swimming in a stream with trout, hop next to wallabies and visit the Loft where you can get hands-on with smaller zoo animals. There is also an antique carousel and a sky ride to the top of the zoo’s summit.

The Ghost Town Museum, located at 400 South 21st Street in Colorado Springs, is a preserved town filled with buildings rescued from the Pike’s Peak region where you can wander through to see how people lived throughout history. You can crank a butter churn, try your hand at a shooting gallery, play antique arcade games and pan for real gold.

Get an adrenaline rush as your family rides the rapids in Colorado whitewater. There are several rafting companies that offer excursions at any experience level, whether you want a leisurely floating trip or the excitement of a thrill ride.

Experience a zip line ride at Royal Gorge Rafting and Zipline Tours. You can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour on the eight cable zipline that runs for over a mile. The longest zipline is the final one of the course where you ride side-by-side for 1,000 feet. Challenge family or friends to a race to the finish.

Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, just a 10-minute drive from Manitou Springs is a Christmas-themed amusement park. Wander through the Christmas village listening to Christmas music all summer when they are open. Visit Santa and his elves at his house and enjoy the more than 25 different rides throughout the park. There are also magic shows all day.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the area’s first and only center dedicated to science, technology, and space. There are interactive programs that provide an understanding of space exploration in order to promote science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy provide education on the rodeo, its impact on western culture, and its history. Their mission is to bring recognition to the American cowboy and the sport of professional rodeo. Since the opening of the Hall of Fame, 279 people, 35 animals, and 30 rodeo committees have been inducted. Find the hall and museum at 1010 Pro Rodeo Drive in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center offers tours with experienced guides that explain the importance of conservation. The guides lead you through their sanctuary on a one-hour tour where you get up close and personal with beautiful, majestic wolves. There are also feeding tours and an interactive alpha tour that allows you to get close to the wolves while a photographer captures the once-in-a-lifetime moment. The center is located at 4729 Twin Rocks Road in Divide, just a half-hour ride from Manitou Springs.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Museum allows you to reach out and touch ancient buildings created by the Anasazi people as well as investigate Pueblo-style buildings and a traditional clay oven. You can not only see pottery, tools, and weapons used by ancient people, you can actually touch them. Find them at 10 Cliff Dwellings Road in Manitou Springs.

The Dinosaur Resource Center, which is about a 20-minute drive from Manitou Springs, is a must-visit if you have children who are fascinated by dinosaurs. There are more than 40 full-size skeletons and restorations at the center where you can wander among the displays or take a guided tour at no extra charge. There is a working paleo laboratory where your family can watch as paleontologists prepare, restore, mold, cast, and mount fossils. It is also the perfect place to buy a gift for any dinosaur or fossil lover as their gift shop can be accessed without paying museum admission.

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Manitou Springs, CO?
Art & Culture Places

Darpino Studio Gallery is the working studio of bronze sculptor, Fred Darpino. It is also a fine art gallery displaying works of nationally recognized artists. Darpino works with architects, planners, individuals, and groups to create unique commissioned sculptures. The studio can be found at 934 Manitou Way #107.

The Commonwheel Artist Co-Op offers uncommon art with more than 30 artists displaying their creativity. The name comes from the idea that we are all just spokes on a common wheel, turning together to support each other. All the work displayed is by Colorado artists. The co-op is located at 102 Canon Avenue.

Green Horse Gallery is an artist-owned gallery offering fine arts and crafts. You can find oil paintings, hand-colored etchings, pottery, sculpture, fiber art, and jewelry. The gallery is composed of seven artists who not only display their work, but also the work of over 50 others. Visit the gallery at 729 Manitou Avenue.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry offers over 4,000 artifacts related to mining in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum features working machinery, a model mining drift as well as gold panning stations. There are also historic buildings on the 27-acre campus. It is located at 225 North Gate Boulevard in Colorado Springs.

What are the nightlife spots in Manitou Springs, CO?
Nightlife Spots

Lulu’s Downstairs is a great place to spend an evening. Enjoy an all-vegan menu inside the restaurant that has a decided lounge feel that makes you think of a 1930s speakeasy. There is also outdoor seating on the patio or enjoy the atrium with indoor protection from the weather but an outdoor feel. Located at 107 Manitou Avenue, Lulu’s offers live music concerts like Southern Culture on the Skids and John Moreland. Listen to great music while you enjoy beer, cider wine, or a specialty cocktail including their Negroni fizz, smokey hot toddy, or the shaken-not-stirred martini.

Black Bear Distillery is family-owned and operated and just a 15-minute drive from Manitou Springs. Located at 10375 Ute Pass avenue in Green Mountain Falls, the distillery is run by a third-generation master distiller who the staff likes to say is also the first “legal” distiller. Also, a chef, the distillery offers an outstanding menu as well. The distillery makes a Brazilian cachaca-style white rum, Gold Colorado rum, and an Irish-style whiskey.

D’Vine Wine is a boutique winery located in the historic Spa Building at 934 Manitou Avenue. It is locally owned and operated, offering tastings, wines by the glass or by the bottle. Wines begin with the highest quality imported grapes before being handcrafted, blended, and fermented in view of customers. D’Vine also offers the option to create your own blend of wine.

The Keg Bar & Grill is where the locals go. You can enjoy burgers, sandwiches, and more while also enjoying a freshly made cocktail, glass of wine, or beer. Located at 730 Manitou Avenue, specialty drinks include margaritas, liquid marijuana, peach mules, and more. They often have live music and offer specials for Monday Night Football, game days, and some holidays, including Mardi Gras.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Manitou Springs, CO?
Hidden Gems

Miramont Castle, located at 9 Capitol Hill Avenue, was built in 1895 for William Frizzell who came here from Nova Scotia. The name means “look at the mountain.”  Today, there are stunning gardens, and the castle is open for self-guided tours. It is also the location of the Manitou Springs Fire Department Museum, which features antique and vintage fire equipment from the region. It is where you will find the oldest piece of registered fire apparatus in Colorado, an 1880 Hose Cart. 

Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre produces family-oriented audience participation melodramas and variety shows. You get to boo the villain, cheer the hero, and swoon over the heroine. Located at 444 Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs, the theatre has been in existence for 60 years. Dinner is served before the show in one of two dining rooms and reservations are required.

What are the travel peak seasons in Manitou Springs, CO?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperature in Manitou Springs is as follows:

  • January – low of 18F (-8C); high of 45F (7C)
  • February – low of 19F (-7C); high of 46F (8C)
  • March – low of 25F (-4C); high of 51F (11C)
  • April – low of 31F (.5C); high of 58F (14C)
  • May – low of 39F (4C); high of 67F (19C)
  • June – low of 47F (8C); high of 78F (25C)
  • July – low of 51F (11C); high of 82F (28C)
  • August – low of 50F (10C); high of 79F (26C)
  • September – low of 43F (6C); high of 73F (23C)
  • October – low of 34F (1C); high of 63F (17C)
  • November – low of 25F (-4C); high of 52F (11C)
  • December – low of 19F (-7C); high of 46F (8C)

Manitou Springs gets approximately 19 inches of rain and 54 inches of snow each year. On average, there are 248 sunny days each year in the area. The most snow falls in December, January, and February while June, July, and August are the warmest and driest months.

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