Retro Colorado

Retro Colorado, Manitou Springs, Colorado (B)

In Manitou Springs, a place perched on the edge of a mountain and history, you’ll discover an enchanting, colorful rendition of the 19th century. The extra flair is for the tourists’ benefit. There are boutiques and museums that showcase local designers and artists, pottery shops featuring Native American craftsmanship, and fun places for kids. All of this is brushed with a sugary mix of hemp, hippies, and mysticism. Whether in for the day to ride the Cog Railway up Pike’s Peak or passing through Colorado Springs, there are hours of enjoyment to be had in this little town.

The downtown Manitou Outpost has stood on the same spot since its beginnings as a livery stable in the 1800s. By 1913, a cafeteria pavilion showcasing an erupting geyser had replaced the stable. Later, a garage offering both mechanical work and tours of Pikes Peak was built at the site. Souvenirs, homemade fudge, and ice cream are the main attractions these days, along with the Navajo geyser well that is still preserved inside - but has ceased to spout. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Sights Map

Guide Name: Retro Colorado
Guide Location: USA » Manitou Springs
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Valerie Paterson
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Rockey’s Storybook Art Studio
  • Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama
  • Patsy's Candy
  • Mo's Diner and Lounge
  • Ancient Mariner Tavern
  • Cliff House
  • Manitou Outpost