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  • Cheer On the Marathoners at Pikes Peak

    August 06, 2018

    All that training you did on the Manitou Incline? Now’s the time to show off your skills—or cheer from the side lines—at the annual Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.... Read more

  • Put Your Hiking Skills to the Test on the Manitou Incline

    July 02, 2018

    Colorado is full of diverse hiking trails for all levels. But if you’re looking for a serious challenge with an incredible view awaiting at the top, we suggest the Manitou Incline.... Read more

  • Where to Find Excellent Wine Tastings On Site and Beyond

    June 01, 2018

    In case our charming springs and stunning mountain views haven’t convinced you, Manitou Springs is also home to many delicious wineries and wine cellars—one of which is on our very own property!... Read more

  • Celebrate Mother's Day with High Tea at Miramont Castle

    May 03, 2018

    This Mother’s Day, treat the mothers and grandmothers in your life to an afternoon fit for a queen. From Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13, you and your loved ones can enjoy a 4-course high tea at the beautiful, historic Miramont Castle in the Queen’s Parlour Tea Room.... Read more

  • A Close-Up View of Wildlife at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    April 02, 2018

    Just a twenty-minute drive from our property, you can explore the diverse, wild grounds of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. As America’s only mountain zoo and TripAdvisor’s 6th-best zoo, the wildlife park boasts a bold and varied conservation of over 30 endangered species.... Read more

  • Discovering Our Natural Mineral Springs

    March 05, 2018

    While you’re out exploring all the natural wonders of Manitou Springs, spend an afternoon hunting down the area’s natural mineral springs. The seven distinct springs are almost all within walking distance and play an integral role in making our town so special—it’s in our name, after all!... Read more

  • A Glimpse of Hollywood in Our Very Own Suites

    February 01, 2018

    Before they made their way to the big screen in The Greatest Showman and All the Money in the World, P.T. Barnum and J. Paul Getty were once notable guests at our very own hotel. Book one of their Premier Celebrity Suites, to receive the ultimate star treatment. ... Read more

  • The Great Fruitcake Toss: A Manitou Springs Tradition

    January 01, 2018

    Join us for a Manitou Springs tradition at the Great Fruitcake Toss in downtown Manitou Springs on January 27, 2018. From 1 to 3 p.m., this fun, local affair will have you tossing those notorious holiday treats with all your might.... Read more

  • Walking in the Garden of the Gods

    December 05, 2017

    Just a short drive from our hotel, the Garden of the Gods, located in nearby Colorado Springs, is one of the most geologically impressive sites in all of Colorado.... Read more

  • An Underground Adventure at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

    November 06, 2017

    The Cave of the Winds is one of the most famous subterranean sites in the Pikes Peak area. With a variety of tours offered daily, you’re sure to find the ideal activity for a day of underground exploration. ... Read more

  • Climb America’s Mountain on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway

    October 01, 2017

    There are few forms of travel more romantic or more quintessentially American than the railroad. On your visit to Pikes Peak, we recommend you take a trip on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which has transported hundreds of thousands of visitors to the summit of Pikes Peak since 1891.... Read more

  • The Rainbow Beneath the Bridge

    September 03, 2017

    An out-of-the-way spot frequented by locals, and frequently overlooked by tourists, Rainbow Falls is a delightful waterfall hidden beneath the Manitou Avenue overpass. ... Read more

  • A Tribute to Creativity at The Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival

    August 06, 2017

    When it comes to the wonder and beauty of creation, man probably won’t ever surpass nature—and at Pikes Peak, we certainly know a thing or two about natural wonders—but the many artists and musicians who come together each year for the Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival certainly come close. ... Read more

  • The United States Air Force Academy: A Glimpse into the Lives of Future Leaders

    July 01, 2017

    A testament to the high educational standards of the U.S. Military, the United States Air Force Academy offers visitors a rare glimpse into the lives of the young men and women training to lead in the world’s finest defense force.... Read more

  • Hike the Red Rock Canyon

    June 02, 2017

    Red Rock Canyon was, in centuries past, an industrialist’s playground: gravel pits, rock quarries, gold refining mill, even a 53-acre landfill. Today, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is the site not of industrial exploitation, but natural preservation.... Read more

  • American Gothic: Tours and High Tea at Miramont Castle

    May 02, 2017

    Though America has never been a land of monarchs, in this town built on vast deposits of gold, we do have a castle to boast. Less than 10 minutes by foot from our historic hotel, Miramont Castle was erected in 1895 by French priest Jean Baptist Francolon as a private residence and, for a short time, a facility to treat tuberculosis.... Read more

  • An Invitation to a Heart-Pounding Trail

    April 01, 2017

    Head in the direction of wafting morning mist and a sunshine filled summit.... Read more

  • A Handle on the Manitou Cliff Dwellings

    March 05, 2017

    This rare historical treasure is every family’s to explore.... Read more

  • Elevated Microbrews Served by Mighty Springs

    February 05, 2017

    Indulge in a taste of Manitou Springs’ bubbling waters and tempting spirits. ... Read more

  • The Agia Sophia

    January 09, 2017

    Did you know that meeting for a coffee at a cafe is a tradition that dates back over 1100 years? After coffee came to the middle-east from Africa, coffeehouses began appearing in Mecca, Damascus, and other major cities.... Read more

  • The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas

    December 05, 2016

    The Marionette Theatre at Simpich Showcase presents a blend of old and new this holiday season.... Read more

  • 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

    November 06, 2016

    Purchase your tickets now for the 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival!... Read more

  • Schnitzel, Strudel and Chalet Dancers

    October 03, 2016

    Fall is here. To some that means football, falling leaves, and back to school. To others it means Oktoberfest!... Read more

  • One Million Gallons of Astonishment

    September 12, 2016

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

  • Still Time to Catch Summer Fruits and Veggies

    August 14, 2016

    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.... Read more

  • A Trip to United States Air Force Academy

    July 08, 2016

    "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.... Read more

  • Explore the Red Rock Canyon Open Space

    June 27, 2016

    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... Read more

  • Enjoy Pike's Peak's Panoramic Views

    May 03, 2016

    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... Read more

  • Easter in a Castle

    March 23, 2016

    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... Read more

  • Feast Your Way Through Colorado Springs

    February 15, 2016

    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... Read more

  • Something's Brewing in Manitou Springs

    January 26, 2016

    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... Read more

  • Fire(works) on the Mountain

    December 15, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Christmas at the Castle

    November 11, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Spooky Cinema

    October 07, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Healing Waters

    September 02, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Our Own Chef Chris Lynch
    Redefines Rocky Mountain Cuisine

    August 28, 2015

    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

    August 03, 2015

    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

    June 30, 2015

    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

    June 08, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Take a Trip Back In Time

    May 04, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Mineral Magic

    April 01, 2015

    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... Read more

  • Gifts for Giving

    March 06, 2015

    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

    February 09, 2015

    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

    January 12, 2015

    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...

    December 01, 2014

    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... Read more

  • Reconstructing History

    November 01, 2014

    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

    November 01, 2014

    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?

    October 01, 2014

    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

    August 01, 2014

    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

    June 27, 2014

    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

  • WILDLIFE & WILD FLOWERS

    May 01, 2014

    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

  • BRAVE THE CAVE

    April 01, 2014

    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

  • DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH

    March 01, 2014

    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

  • HIGHWAY TO HEAVENLY VIEWS

    February 01, 2014

    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