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    • Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs' Mineral Springs

      5.0
      Manitou Springs is home to eight mineral springs all fairly close to the main shopping strip of Manitou. The springs were originally utilized by the Native Americans. In the 19th century, they were utilized by visitors from all over the world due to their supposed health benefits. They all taste ...
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    • Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Hike Red Mountain

      2 mi / 750 ft gain
      The hike can be started from where the Intemann trail meets Ruxton Ave close to Iron Spring. For parking, you can park at one of the few pay-for parking along the street or park in town and take the bus up to the incline. The hike starts up what seems to be a driveway until you reach a small gate...
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    • Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Walk to Rainbow Falls

      0.5 mi
      This waterfall was designated a historic site in 2016 due to its rich history dating back to the Native Americans and more recently the locals of Manitou Springs.  The bridge itself that crosses over the falls was created in the early 20th century and was an architectural marvel during the time. ...
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    • Cascade, Colorado

      Manitou Incline

      4.7
      3.8 mi / 1949 ft gain
      If you're ready for a fitness challenge like no other, look no further than the Manitou Incline. The trail climbs the remnants of an old cog railway bed, gaining 2000 feet of elevation in less than a mile. Busy all year round, the popular trail is used by everyone from Army Rangers and Olympic ho...
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    • Cascade, Colorado

      Hike Barr Trail to Pikes Peak Summit

      5.0
      12 mi / 7400 ft gain
      Barr Trail is a 12 mile hike that travels the east face of Pikes Peak, from Manitou Springs (6700’) at the base, to the summit (14,115’). Because there are so many factors that can influence anyone’s experience of the trail (weather, fitness level, time of day, preparedness, etc.), and because ma...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Siamese Twins Loop

      4.0
      0.55 mi / 105 ft gain
      Siamese twins is about a half mile hike with little elevation gain that is a quick hike while driving the park.  The hardest thing about this is getting a parking spot to tell you the truth.  On a weekend or pretty much any summer day the five or so spots available at the trailhead are constantly...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Garden of the Gods Loop

      4.7
      4.28 mi / 581 ft gain
      If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can help to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtain a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free). Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pullouts that you can explore. Many of the trai...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Scotsman Trail Loop

      5.0
      1.09 mi / 128 ft gain
      Scotsman Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Hike, Climb, or Bike Red Rock Open Space

      2.0
      3 mi / 300 ft gain
      Red Rock Canyon Open Space was made public in the early 00's after years of use as a quarry and landfill. Some of the stone quarried from the area have even been used in some of the downtown buildings. Getting there is straightforward, heading West on 24 there is an obvious turn off left between ...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Hike the Upper Loop Trail

      5.0
      0.75 mi / 72 ft gain
      This short spur trail is right off Perkins Central Garden Trail. Most people walk by it because the walkway changes from paved to dirt, but it is definitely a must-see if you're exploring the park. It climbs just a short amount before reaching the rocks you can climb on. Make sure you take a mome...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Perkins Central Garden Trail

      5.0
      1.13 mi / 138 ft gain
      Garden of the Gods has dozens of hiking trails that cover miles through the park itself. The Perkins Central Garden Trail takes you through the heart of the rock formations and really gives you perspective on the size of these red rocks. This trail also takes you past several areas where rock cl...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Bike the Garden of the Gods Loop

      5.0
      6 mi / 500 ft gain
      The Basics: Garden of the Gods is a free, public park on the Western edge of Colorado Springs. Open year round, the excellent paved roads with wide bike lanes provide road bikers with multiple loop options from 3 to 10+ miles. From casual bike riders to seasoned pros, you choose your distance and...
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    • Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Hike Palmer Trail Loop at Section 16

      5.5 mi / 1400 ft gain
      The Section 16 trailhead can be found on lower Gold Camp Road. Almost immediately, the trail begins to rise in elevation. The grade is gentle at first but soon becomes a steep steady climb for about a mile and a half, until you reach the ridge.  Along the way, you will see many intersecting trail...
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    • Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Palmer Trail (Section 16)

      5.0
      5.51 mi / 1352 ft gain
      Palmer Trail (Section 16) is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Hike the Saint Mary's Falls Trail

      5.0
      6 mi / 1500 ft gain
      This moderately difficult hike is a total of 6 miles, with a 1500' incline. You start from the parking lot off Gold Camp Road that intersects with High Drive, and start hiking up the part of Gold Camp Road that is closed off to vehicles. You will see a few trails stemming off from this main road,...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Snowshoe to St. Mary's Falls

      6.5 mi / 1500 ft gain
      After reaching the Gold Camp parking lot, strap on your snow shoes and head west past the gated road continuing on Gold Camp. The road will continue west for half a mile before passing the Seven Falls trailhead and turning east for another half a mile.At the collapsed tunnel, Gold Camp Road ends....
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    Camping and Lodging in Manitou Springs

    Cripple Creek KOA Holiday
    Cripple Creek, Colorado

    Cripple Creek KOA Holiday

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    Fountain, Colorado

    Colorado Springs KOA Holiday

    South Meadows
    Woodland Park, Colorado

    South Meadows

    Pike Community
    Woodland Park, Colorado

    Pike Community

    Painted Rocks
    Woodland Park, Colorado

    Painted Rocks

    Manitou Lake Pavilion
    Woodland Park, Colorado

    Manitou Lake Pavilion

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Manitou Springs

    6 Reasons why the Manitou Incline is Colorado's holy grail of cardio

    6 Reasons why the Manitou Incline is Colorado's holy grail of cardio

    Jennifer Broome

    Explore Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

    Explore Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

    The Outbound Collective

    The 8 Best Winter Overnight Adventures In Colorado

    The 8 Best Winter Overnight Adventures In Colorado

    Jason Hatfield

    25 Beautiful Alpine Lakes in Colorado

    25 Beautiful Alpine Lakes in Colorado

    The Outbound Collective

    The Top 10 Places For Fall Leaves In Colorado

    The Top 10 Places For Fall Leaves In Colorado

    Eric Schuette