Manitou Springs

Book a stay in Manitou Springs and check out Sunwater Spa

Tucked into the petticoats of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs has been the quintessential tourist town since the 1870s, when visitors discovered the healing waters the Ute Indians had been drinking for years. Many of the town's mineral springs still function today and the water is free. Besides healing waters, the cool mountain air was thought to be good for tuberculosis sufferers. Today, visitors still come for their mental health, as well as physical. Dip your toes in water from Manitou Springs’ Seven Minute Spring — one of eight springs located in the city — at SunWater Spa, which offers one private and seven public cedar pools ranging from 85 to 104 degrees. It's a laid-back kind of place where attitudes and clothes are casual, and a favorite family hangout is Arcade Amusements, where you can still play pinball for a dime. Fun shops line the downtown main street and there are some great little restaurants. Look for locally made arts and crafts as you walk the town.

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