A healing experience + an insane incline

It’s not always feasible to drive to mountain towns like Cuchara or magical Ouray. Thankfully, Manitou Springs sits right in our backyard! (Ideal for those spontaneous adventures.)

[Road trip to this gem: Ouray]

Manitou’s central location puts you right in the heart of hot springs, leg-aching hikes and an unforgettable National Natural Landmark.

Garden of the Gods Park

Driving distance to Denver — One hour and 20 minutes south on I-25.

Located just six miles west of downtown Colorado Springs, Manitou is a quiet, historic town known for its magical mineral waters, vibrant artisan community, and holistic quality of life.

The Ute, Cheyenne and other Native Americans considered this area sacred for its healing springs and clean mountain air.

Manitou even has hot springs you can swim in at night!

Besides the holistic aspect, Manitou Springs also features the insane Manitou Incline, an extreme hiking trail that gains almost 2,000 feet of elevation within a mile.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, Pikes Peak trail head, one of the famous Colorado 14ers, sits an hour from Manitou. Hikers of any level can find an accessible trail nearby. Just looking at Pikes Peak might inspire you to crush that 14er next season!

[In case you don’t want to leave nature, I’ve got your back!]

Manitou Highlight — Garden of the Gods

I highly recommend taking the 14-minute drive to the Garden of the Gods. Pack a lunch and walk under epic rock formations. I promise, you haven’t seen anything like these rocks. It’s a Colorado staple.

Every Thursday evening from 4 to 6, the park hosts “Gallop in the Garden.” If you’re interested, sign up for the 5K on the park’s website. Prizes are always handed out at the end, so be sure to bring the whole family!

If you have any questions about Denver or the lifestyle it has to offer, please reach out! I would love to speak with you.

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