One Million Gallons of Astonishment

What's so special about the Downtown Aquarium? First, it houses over one million gallons of astonishing exhibitions!

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Still Time to Catch Summer Fruits and Veggies

It’s August.  Sadly, that means summer is almost over.  But don’t despair just yet.  Growing season isn’t yet finished in Colorado Springs.

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A Trip to United States Air Force Academy

"I had never met any college students that were so intelligent, kind, and devoted to a specific cause," said freshman Cheyenne Gonzales, Cadet Fourth Class, a student at the United Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, a 22-minute drive from the Cliff House.

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Explore the Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Land restoration is on the cutting-edge of conservation these days. The process involves reclaiming natural landscapes and habitats to make them safe again for humans, wildlife, and plant communities. In 2003, the City of Colorado Springs took contro Read more

Enjoy Pike's Peak's Panoramic Views

The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway dates back to 1889. Zalmon G Simmons, (who happens to have been the founder of Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company), started the project. It wasn't until 1890 that the project was completed, having finally reached Read more

Easter in a Castle

Easter only comes once a year. But Easter in a castle? That’s pretty much unheard of, unless you’re in Manitou Springs. Bring the kids to Miramont Castle, just a short walk away from the Cliff House, where they’ll be hosting a Victo Read more

Feast Your Way Through Colorado Springs

You’ve climbed the Manitou Springs Incline and explored the Garden of the Gods. Now head to the neighboring city of Colorado Springs to show your taste buds some love with the Rocky Mountain Food Tour. Taking place every Saturday, a foodie expe Read more

Something's Brewing in Manitou Springs

If you’re a fan of craft beer, Colorado has some of the best around, and Manitou Springs is no exception! Located just a five-minute walk from our hotel is the Manitou Brewing Company, which boasts both a huge local following as well as a Certi Read more

Fire(works) on the Mountain

This December 31st, visitors to the area have the opportunity to witness a New Year’s Eve tradition: fireworks from the summit of Pike’s Peak. For nearly one hundred years, the AdAmAn Club has made the climb to the top of Pike’s Pea Read more

Christmas at the Castle

This winter, have a little history with your holiday celebration at Miramont Castle, Manitou Springs’s Victorian-style castle and gardens, built in 1895. Located less than five minutes from our Manitou Springs hotel, on November 27th through th Read more

Spooky Cinema

Halloween is on the horizon and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center is getting into the seasonal "spirit" of October. In celebration of Halloween, the center is presenting a series of horror movie classics for free! Beginning at 7pm on October 9th, 1 Read more

Healing Waters

Manitou Springs is becoming even more of a haven of health and relaxation with the addition of the new SunWater Spa. Located less than five minutes from our Manitou Springs hotel, this gorgeous spa, inspired by the foothills of the Ganges river in In Read more

Our Own Chef Chris Lynch
Redefines Rocky Mountain Cuisine

At The Cliff House, our food is anything but ordinary, this is especially true at our Red Mountain Bar and Grille, where we work to redefine Rocky Mountain cuisine. Read more

Zoo on the Mountain

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is unique for a few reasons: it's the only mountain zoo in America, it's home to over 950 different animals, including animals you don't see in zoos too often (including moose and hippos) and it has a special area where visitors can hand feed giraffes. Read more

Explore the Cliffs

Nearly every museum is the same, "look, don't touch." Not so at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum. Located five minutes from our Manitou Springs hotel, at the outdoor exhibits, visitors are encouraged to reach out and touch ancient Anasazi buildings. Read more

Have the Climb of Your Life

On June 28th, start your engines for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds! An annual automobile and motorcycle race that began nearly a hundred years ago, the PPIHC is a twelve and a half mile race to the summ Read more

Take a Trip Back In Time

Think you need to head to Europe to see an authentic castle? Think again! The Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs was built in 1895 as a private home, and now visitors can tour forty-two furnished rooms as well as gorgeous Victorian gardens. Th Read more

Mineral Magic

It's no secret that Manitou Springs takes it name from the mineral springs that brought early settlers here to "take the cure." Now you can sample the waters on guided walking tours beginning May 23, 2015. Enjoy a fun and informative hour-long walk a Read more

Gifts for Giving

In the mood to spread a little Manitou magic after your trip? Head on over to the Manitou Outpost, the town's largest gift boutique. Located in a historic building on Manitou Avenue, it was once a livery sable and later the Navajo Geyser Pavilion Cafeteria with, yes, a fully functioning geyser. Read more

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo

Taking a culinary cue from foodie friends in New Orleans, some of Manitou Springs' most talented professional and amateur chefs gather on February 14 to compete in the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off, a spirited contest to see who can whip up the best gumbo. Read more

Take A Hike

Take your hike to the adrenaline pumping extreme on the Manitou Incline, a one-time cable car track that's now a one-mile workout climbing 2,000 vertical feet over age-old railroad ties. Definitely not for the unfit or faint-of-heart, this heart-pounding advanced hike is a favorite of Olympic athletes and assorted Iron Men (and Women). Read more

Move Over, Santa...

The kiddos have had Breakfast with Santa umpteen times...this year, give this holiday tradition a wild Colorado twist. Head to the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center on Sunday, December 21 for Breakfast (burritos!) with the wolves and a meet and gr Read more

Reconstructing History

Since Veteran's Day is this month, it's a great time to remember the brave men and women that have served our country and to take time to appreciate their sacrifices. Read more

Reconstructing History

Since Veteran's Day is this month, it's a great time to remember the brave men and women that have served our country and to take time to appreciate their sacrifices. Read more

A Parade of...Coffins?

Halloween is upon us, inspiring a look back at the history of one of Manitou Springs' most offbeat spectacles. It's the Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade, an annual event honoring the late Emma Crawford, who in 1889 was diagnosed with tuberculosis and moved here seeking the healing powers of the mineral springs. Read more

Colorado's Spirited Side

You may have already sampled one of Colorado's plethora of microbrews with fab names like Bee Hive Honey, Laughing Lab and Modus Hoperandi, but did know... Read more

Red Rock Revelry

The red rocks of Garden of the Gods are one of Colorado's most photographed wonders - a collection of towering sandstone rock formations that trace their history to cataclysmic geological events a few million years ago. Read more


As we slip into summer, we can't help thinking about the season's colorful wildflowers and those playful yellow-bellied marmots sprawled out on rocks soaking up the sun mid-way up Pikes Peak. Read more


Imagine trekking through rugged, age-old caverns with only a hand-held lantern as your guide. At Cave of the Winds, you'll be following in the footsteps of two young and mighty adventurous boys who discovered this natural wonder in 1881. Read more


Once called the "Saratoga of the West," Manitou Springs traces its name to its abundant naturally sparkling mineral springs. Native Americans considered the springs sacred, while early explorers to the area wrote of the springs' healing properties. Read more


There's more than one way to reach the summit of America's Mountain. Sure, you can hike but if you're in a hurry, hit the highway - the Pikes Peak Highway. Read more