About This Place
The city of Manitou Springs is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,980 at the 2000 census.
Students are served by Manitou Springs School District 14 and Manitou Springs High School.
Although nearby Colorado Springs is sometimes called "the Springs", some residents of Manitou or of westside Colorado Springs refer to both cities together as "the Springs". The main road through the center of town was one of the direct paths to Pike's Peak, which is visible from Manitou Springs. The downtown area continues to be of interest to travelers, particularly in the summer, as the downtown area consists of many one story, adjoining, small shops, restaurants, and pubs, as well as a creekside city park with a children's playground made from unusual materials. Among other services, shops cater to tourist interests such as clothing, candy, souvenirs, and outdoor recreation.