Since its establishment in 1872, Manitou Springs has been putting the relax in relaxation for residents and visitors alike.

The picturesque community features natural mineral springs and ample opportunities to get outdoors and explore!

Located only six miles from downtown Colorado Springs, this charming mountain town is brimming with history, culture and features a thriving arts scene. And, as the community is nestled at the base of Pikes Peak, you can look forward to ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Let’s discover some fun facts about Manitou to help you understand what makes this charming place so unique.

Five Things That Make Manitou Springs Unique

Discover The Incline

Originally built as a cable car to carry materials up to Pike Peaks, you can now tackle the terrain on foot. Just shy of a mile in length, The Incline gains nearly 2,000 feet in elevation and features some pretty steep areas.

Make sure to bring your very best running shoes, because they’ll need to carry up 2,768 steps.

Beware, this hike isn’t for the faint of heart! In fact, it’s considered one of the hardest trails in the county, attracting olympians, military personnel, athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from all over.

Say Hello To Hygeia

Located in the middle of town sitting atop a clock tower, a Grecian Goddess named Hygeia watches over the community, protecting their health and wellness.

Back in 1890, the town’s very first banker Jerome B Wheeler erected the statue to commemorate Manitou’s Mineral Water Bottling Company.

Today, she serves as a unique feature to the residents of Manitou Springs.

Minerals Abound

The naturally occurring spring water in this area actually features 14 different minerals, such as fluoride, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.

These minerals can help with your health, as they are known for improving bone strength, digestion and supporting blood pressure regulation.

The water just might make Hygeia's job of protecting the health of residents a little easier.

Distinctive Building Materials

A lot of the buildings around Manitou Avenue from 1890 and 1940 were built with greenstone, which is similar to red sandstone, but the high concentration of iron makes it stronger.

From the Post Office, to Fountain Creek Bridge and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church are all made with this one of a kind rock.

It’s just one of the many ways Manitou Springs stands apart from the rest!

A Library With More Than Just Books!

If you’re a fan of gardening, you’ll love the Manitou Springs Library. Books aren’t the only thing you can check out.

Discover the “seed library” which features all kinds of vegetable seeds, from beets, to beans, lettuce, squash and much more. The seeds are even color coded green, yellow and red to indicate the difficulty of growing the said vegetable.

While they are free for the taking, the library does ask that you bring seeds from your harvest so the seed library can keep on giving!

There’s no better way to discover all of Manitou Springs unique features than when you call it home! To search all the latest listings, connect with the professionals at RE/MAX Properties, Inc.

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