Mineral Waters of Manitou Springs

Written by on March 7, 2014 in CO History & Heritage - Comments Off on Mineral Waters of Manitou Springs

Long ago, the Native American people in Colorado considered the land around what is now Manitou Springs sacred ground. To them, the bubbly mineral water represented the breath of their great spirit, Manitou. As American settlers moved west, they also found the springs a convenient stopping point. In the late 1800s, a craze developed around the health benefits of mineral waters (especially in the treatment of consumption (tuberculosis) and the resort town boasted seven grand hotels including the Cliff House, Barker House and the Grandview, all of which still stand today. Smaller hotels, boarding houses and summer rental cottages popped up to house the thousands of visitors who came each season to take in the healing waters of the springs. The area became known as the “Saratoga of the West.”

In the 1930s, medical treatment changed and the economy crashed, causing the closure of these resorts. Then in 1986, the 110th anniversary of Manitou Springs, a non-profit organization, the Mineral Springs Foundation, was established to restore and preserve the springs. Today, many of the local springs have been restored in this wonderful Colorado attraction. The waters are free to the public and people can fill cups or jugs from their favorite springs. The town offers guided walking tours of the springs and a brochure with a map of the springs is also available if you’d prefer to tour the springs on your own. The town eventually hopes to capture these healthful waters in soaking pools.

The town of Manitou Springs nestles below the soaring beauty of Pikes Peak. The town center has become a wonderful shopping destination with boutique stores, art galleries, Native American and western arts and craft stores and more. There are plenty of terrific restaurants in the area to tempt any appetite. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway takes travelers up to whisks visitors to the summit of Pikes peak

Other attractions in the area:
Cave of the Winds
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Mineral Springs Foundation
C/O Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce
354 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: 719-685-5089

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