Manitou Springs and the Garden of the Gods

About 4 miles west of Colorado Springs, we visited the little town of Manitou Springs and sampled one of its 9 mineral springs which are fed by the melting snow from Pikes Peak.  The Native Americans considered this area around the springs as sacred and believed that the bubbles in the natural spring waters represented the breath of the Great Spirit "Manitou."  Over the years, many people have traveled here to drink the water from the mineral springs for its health benefits.  We gave it a shot.

natural, yes ... tasty, no

Another attraction in the town is Miramont Castle.  Miramont Castle was constructed in 1895 as a private home for Father Jean  Baptist Francolon, a French born Catholic priest. The castle features nine styles of architecture ranging from English Tudor to Byzantine and all crafted from locally quarried greenstone and yellow pine framing. Today Miramont is a museum dedicated to preserving the Victorian heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Miramont Castle

The Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs is a free city park featuring magnificent red sandstone rock formations.  Some of the best are shown below.

entrance to the Garden of the Gods

Pike's Peak as seen from the gateway to Garden of the Gods

the 3 graces            balanced rock            balanced rock

it was a pretty gloomy day

cathedral rock

You can learn more about Manitou Springs and the Garden of the Gods at these web sites:

Manitou Springs

Historic Manitou Springs

Garden of the Gods

History of Garden of the Gods


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