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Manitou & Pike’s Peak Railway in Manitou Springs
Manitou Springs  is a small resort town just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was founded as a tourist destination and also became known for its mineral springs. But its greatest claim to fame is being the gateway to Pikes Peak.
Since the 1970s Manitou Springs has become known as an artist’s colony, although tourism is still a very important part of Manitou’s atmosphere. It is directly at the base of Pikes Peak and surrounded by mountains (including Pike National Forest) on three sides.
Mardis Gras Parade – 3rd weekend of February. Thousands of people flood the town in crazy costumes
Pikes Peak Marathon – Mid July. 2-days. World-class runners race up and down Pike’s Peak.
Craft Lager Festival – August. 2-days. Sample micro-brews from around the country.
Emma Crawford Coffin Races – Weekend before Halloween. Thousands of people watch 4-man teams custom coffins on wheels.
As mentioned previously, walking is an excellent way to see Manitou. The town is also close to many great hiking/running/biking trails. Garden of the Gods abuts Manitou on the northwest side and has many hiking trails. Barr Trail is the longest trail, although it is virtually straight up (and down). The Intemann Trail skirts Manitou’s south side, running from the Iron Springs (near the Cog Railway)ending at the old cemetery. Red Rock Canyon (on the east side of Manitou) is similar to Garden of the Gods (it is a geological extension with similar sandstone slabs) and has a well-designed trail system that has become quite popular since opening in 2006. Waldo Canyon is a nice loop located about 2 miles west of Manitou along Highway 24.
Routes through Manitou SpringsMinturn ← Florissant Fossil Beds ← W E → Colorado Springs → Stockton