There are few places that are as quaint and quirky, and proud of being a bit eccentric. This is tiny Manitou Springs , a tourist destination.
Though it is home to fewer than 5,000 residents, Manitou Springs makes the national news thanks to creative “only in Manitou” events such as the Emma Craw-ford Coffin Races, fruitcake toss competitions and, in one case, chairs — everyday, locally owned chairs — lining the center of the main drag.
Manitou Springs is artsy and full of energy and whimsy.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Manitou is famous for the Incline, the heart-pounding, 2,000-vertical-feet workout hike up what were the tracks of the former Mount Mani-tou Incline cable cars.
The area around Manitou has beautiful hiking trails, a running marathon up and down Pikes Peak and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which leaves from Manitou, delivering breathtaking views as it climbs to the summit of Pikes Peak.
A never-miss spot is the ageless Penny Arcade downtown.
As they always do, Manitou Springs residents pulled together in 2013 after Fountain Creek flooding that swept down into the town. Young and old shoveled mud, helped neighbors, and packed sandbags.