Manitou Springs FAQ

Manitou Springs

Where is Manitou Springs?
Manitou Springs is located four miles west of Colorado Springs. From Interstate 25, take Exit 141. To reach Manitou Springs from the airport, take Powers Boulevard north to Fountain Boulevard. Turn West on Fountain to reach I-25 North. Again, take Exit 141 for Highway 24 West to Manitou Springs.
What local attractions are in this area?
  • The Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway will take you to the top of Pikes Peak elevation 14,115 feet.
  • At the Cave of the Winds, you will descend into the colorful depths of Colorado.
  • Miramont Castle and the Cliff Dwellings Museum will take you back in time.
  • The Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama will tickle your funny bone and delight your senses.
  • The Garden of the Gods Park & The Garden of the Gods Visitors & Nature Center and will lift your spirit.
  • Visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for the largest gift shop and gallery at the south edge of the park.
  • The Ghost Town Museum and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will bring you back 100 years to an 1800″s old west town.
  • The North Pole & Santa’s Workshop, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Seven Falls, Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center and the Air Force Academy, are all a short drive away.
What recreation facilities and activities does Manitou Springs offer?
Manitou Springs offers a variety of outdoor activities, from hiking to mountain biking, fishing, and more. There are more than15 hiking trails within a 15-minute vicinity. Manitou is also home to the Cog Railway, which will take you to the top of our local fourteener, Pikes Peak. If you are up for a challenge, you can hike the Manitou Incline, which is a one-mile hike that gains more than 2,000 feet in elevation.

This community also has an indoor pool, eclectic arcade and historic spa building.
What types of homes are in Manitou Springs?
Manitou Springs offers a variety of homes, including single family homes, townhomes and condos. There are many distinct neighborhoods in the area, and some of the homes date back to the 1800s.
What school district is Manitou Springs located in?
Students are served by Manitou Springs School District 14 and Manitou Springs High School. Manitou Springs School District 14 serves approximately 1510 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. They offer a “small town” educational environment and are driven by “Relationships, Rigor and Opportunity”. In addition to a challenging academic curriculum, all of the schools offer comprehensive art, physical education, music, computer technology, special education, and gifted and talented instruction. The class sizes in the elementary schools typically range from 18-25 students. Average middle school size is 24 students, and average high school class size is 22 students.  

For more information, please visit the Manitou Springs school district website:
What utilities are available in Manitou Springs?
Water/Sewer – Email the Utility Billing Clerk (719-685-2579) to set up new water/sewer service or to ask questions about your bill.  

Trash Bestway Disposal is the current provider for trash and recycling. Currently, Manitou has a single hauler trash program.  

Electricity/Gas Colorado Springs Utilities provides electricity and gas .
What fire protection is available in Manitou Springs?
The Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department station was built in 1965. It is located on the main avenue at 620 Manitou Avenue. The department has 2 class A pumpers, one brush truck and two antiques trucks.
What are the building requirements for Manitou Springs?
The Planning Department enforces the Zoning Code, Subdivision Code, Sign Code and Historic Preservation regulations for the City of Manitou Springs. For more information on building requirements, zoning codes, and FAQs please visit:
What are the restrictions regarding exterior remodeling?

Guidelines regarding exterior remodeling may vary according to your location within Manitou Springs. Please visit the Planning Department’s website to learn more about design guidelines, download forms and submittal instructions, and easily obtain other information that you might need in preparing your application.

What is the approval process for exterior remodeling?
The Planning Department is your starting point for any property improvement in Manitou Springs. Please visit their website to download forms, submittal instructions and other information that you might need in preparing your application.
How far is Manitou Springs from main locations?
  • Downtown Colorado Springs: 6 miles
  • Denver: 74 miles
  • Woodland Park: 14 miles
  • Cripple Creek: 39 miles
  • Canon City: 52 miles
  • Cascade: 5 miles
  • Colorado Springs Airport: 17 miles
  • Denver Airport: 90 miles
What public transportation is available in this area?
Greyhound Bus – The Greyhound terminal is two blocks from the metro bus terminal.
Metro Bus – From the metro bus terminal, located in downtown Colorado Springs, you need bus #3 to Manitou (please note, this does NOT run on Sunday). This is the only bus which will take you all the way to Manitou Springs. The stops are located every few blocks along Colorado and Manitou Avenues, look for the purple colored “Metro” signs. Get off the bus at the corner of Manitou Ave./Ruxton Ave.  

Taxi – There are two taxi cab companies servicing the area:
  • Spring Cab – 719-444-8989
  • Yellow Cab – 719-550-9300
What is the weather like in Manitou Springs?
Manitou Springs averages over 250 days of sunshine per year. The climate is mild with very low humidity. Typically the coldest months are January and February and the hottest is July. Snowstorms are followed by sunshine, which means the snow melts immediately. Manitou also has “chinook winds” (that means “snow eater” in Eskimo) in the winter and spring that can take our temperature up to 60 degrees instantly.  

Winter (Dec. 22 – March 20) Average snowfall: 5 inches per month. Average high temperatures: 44-50 degrees  

Spring (March 21 – June 21) March can be the snowiest month with a 9.9 inch average, followed by April with 6.7 inches. Average high temperatures: March – 49 degrees, April – 60 degrees, May – 65 degrees, June – 70 degrees.  

Summer (June 22 – September 23) Warm mornings with afternoon rain showers. Average high temperatures: July – 85 degrees, August – 82 degrees, September – 70 degrees.

Fall (September 24 – December 21) Warm days, cool and crisp evenings. Average snowfall 5.4 inches in November. Average high temperatures – 44-66 degrees.