Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
354 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
- Organizes Events
- Professional Development
- Advocates elected Goverment Officials
- Supports Community Service
- Economic & Community Development
- Networking Opportunities
- Business Community Support
- Promote Their Business
The history of Manitou Springs is forever linked with the springs around which it was founded.
The source of these famous waters lays deep underground in a system of cavernous aquifers. As the ancient water erodes the surrounding limestone, carbonic acid is created which gives Manitou’s springs their special effervescence. This natural carbonation forces the water back to surface through cracks in the rocks, where it absorbs high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate (soda) and other healthy minerals.
Considering the picturesque location of the springs in a forested box canyon at the base of Pikes Peak, it is no wonder the Native Americans considered the location sacred. The eruption of bubbles in the mineral water was considered the breath of the Great Spirit and offerings of beads and fetishes were left in gratitude. The soothing effects of the soda water on sour stomachs and dry skin attracted not only the Mountain Utes, who wintered here each year, but the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and other Plains tribes. All were free to share in the gifts of the waters without the worry of conflict.
After decades of stagnation, in the 1970’s, Manitou began to reinvent itself based on its original strengths. The formation of a National Historic District encouraged the restoration of neglected structures and an art colony began to grow in the idyllic setting. The mineral springs, which had been ignored for many years, were renewed by the creation of the Mineral Springs Foundation in 1987. The charming Manitou Springs of the present owes a great deal to its illustrious past. So, please sample the famous waters, soak in some sunshine, and enjoy Manitou Springs’ historic hospitality.