A Strong Sense of Place
Manitou Springs is a beautiful, historic, and proudly independent mountain town nestled at the base of Pikes Peak. With stunning blue skies, red limestone formations, ponderosa forests, and dancing aspen groves, the area offers outstanding natural vistas, and a vibrant arts and a cultural scene. Visitors enjoy strolling the streets of Manitou Springs to discover what the eclectic arts scene has to offer in the form of art galleries, live music, performance, heritage and art centers, historical sites such as Miramont Castle, and the eight mineral springs that can be found throughout Manitou Springs.
The Manitou Springs music -scene features live music, open mic and karaoke, all within walking distance from virtually any starting point in town.
The Manitou Springs music -scene features live music, open mic and karaoke, all within walking distance from virtually any starting point in town. Fine wines, as well as craft beers and spirits, are available at friendly bars and the local brewery. Foodies may choose from upscale dining to a quick bite from a local café, homemade ice cream or a chocolate treat from the local speciality chocolatier.
Manitou Springs boasts a wonderful selection of galleries including artist cooperatives, many private galleries representing local artists, and a community art center/public library with a makerspace and adorned with a famous El MAC mural. First Friday ArtWalk spans the Creative Corridor, which links the creative districts of Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City with Manitou Springs. Galleries have responded creatively to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting either Virtual First Friday events or limited capacity in-person gallery openings, with artists on-site, live demonstrations, special mini-performances, shopping and dining.