A travel journal
to Manitou Springs by TRAVELPRO guide
Quote: Just west of Colorado Springs lies the historic town of Manitou Springs. Once considered by Native Americans to be a holy residence of great gods and spirits, modern Manitou Springs has retained its mystical aura, making the quaint, little town a visitor’s dream come true. You can take a walking tour of the town and fill your water bottle with natural spring water from several springs.
Hotel | "Cliff House"
This historic 1873 hotel has been restored with modern amenities like heated toilet seats and towel racks. It''s only a few miles west of Colorado Springs on the way to Crippole Creek. Suites are named after US presidents, movie stars and celebrities who have stayed here.
I felt transported back to the Victorian era when I saw hand carved wooden staircases, ornate stained glass windows and exquisite fireplaces.
The dining room serves wonderful gourmet food under the direction of nationally recognized Executive Chef Craig Hartman. A visit here seems more like a vacation at a resort than a hotel stay.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001
Cliff House at Pikes Peak
306 Canon Ave.
Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829
Attraction | "The bubbling springs"
All of the natural springs are free to the public and maps of the springs are available for those who want to undertake a walking tour, or "springabout" adventure. Be sure and bring empty water jugs to fill with the pure spring water.
During the 1880s, Manitou was known as an exclusive health spa and resort because of the natural springs.
By 1873, the town was blossoming with elegant hotels, Victorian homes, Queen Anne cottages and a thriving business district (now the historic town center).
Travelers not only came for the elite status and healing power of the water, but for the views—containing such breathtaking beauty as to inspire Katherine Lee Bates to pen "America the Beautiful." Today, Manitou Springs is one of the largest National Historic Districts west of the Mississippi.
Manitou Springs, Colorado