The first time I saw Manitou Springs, I knew I had to live in the beautiful Colorado Springs area. If you were to blend Estes Park and Boulder (but much smaller), you would have Manitou! Beautiful mountain town that is only about 10-15 minutes west from downtown Colorado Springs.
Manitou Springs features many fun places to eat, grab a drink, a coffee, look at art, shop for gifts, and much more. If visiting the Colorado Springs area, make sure to visit Manitou. It is a town like nothing else! Especially on the weekends the little town gets quite busy with people walking around, shopping, and dining at the base of Pikes Peak with beautiful 360 degree views that overlooks Colorado Springs depending on how high up in Manitou you are.
Here are the top 3 things that you must do when you visit Manitou Springs!
1) The Incline!
The Incline is a hike straight up the side of part of a mountain. This hike is not for beginners! It is one mile up, with a trail down called Barr Trail. It zig-zags down for 4 miles which is great for a cool down walk after just conquering the incline, or to get your adrenaline rush going, take on the downhill Barr Trail with a fast paced run! For more Manitou incline visit: http://www.manitouincline.net/main.htm
2) Manitou Springs Coffin Races!
This amazing Halloween event takes place right in the heart of downtown Manitou. The town shuts down their main street of Manitou Ave to have the Halloween parade take place with the best costumes, and dressed up vehicles I have ever seen! After the parade, the famous coffin races begin! This last Halloween, Manitou had over 70 coffin teams enter in the coffin races. It is truly a sight to see as these coffin racers race uphill bobsled style with one passenger in the coffin, and a team of up to 4 pushing them on! Restaurants, bars, shops are all open as people walk the packed streets to find the best possible spot to view the parade and coffin races before they begin. Please check out this weekend all day even if you are in the area around the Halloween holiday! You will not be disappointed.
3) Pikes Peak Cog Railway!
The Cog Rail runs all year long and goes all the way to the top of Pikes Peak! Take it during a nice summer day or night, or hop on in November or December for a holiday journey with your little ones as Santa joins you on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway! This historical Cog Rail has been running since 1891 all the way to the top of Pikes Peak which stands at 14,115 feet! Don’t fall asleep along the way as you will miss out on epic views, waterfalls, trees and wildlife!
For more info, feel free to click this link: http://www.cograilway.com
Enjoy your trip to beautiful and historical Manitou Springs!
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