Seniors Like The Scenic And The Natural
The City of Manitou Springs, Colorado is known for its scenic setting and natural healing mineral springs. Founded in 1872, it was first intended to be a “scenic health resort” then four years later, the town was incorporated (the same year Colorado became a state). Senior visitors meet approximately 5,000 residents who are located on the western edge of an urban area of over 500,000 people that includes Colorado Springs five miles to the east.
Manitou Springs was founded by Englishman Dr. William Bell and his business partner General William Palmer as both a scenic site and a health resort. “Manitou”, a Native American word for “ great spirit”, well describes this beautiful mountain community.
The eight naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains are located throughout this historic town. Many of these mineral springs still function today and the water is free. The Ute, Cheyenne and other Native Americans considered this area sacred for the healing springs and clean mountain air.
Senior Nature Lovers And Culture Hounds, Take Note
Many people over the years have found the magical waters to be both soothing and healing. US News Travel notes that the area beckons to two specific types of travelers: nature lovers and culture hounds.
Throughout the year, senior citizens grab their hiking boots and cameras to explore natural sights. The Springs is a National Historic District and remains a charming hippie-era haven filled with art galleries, funky boutiques and outdoor cafes.
Manitou Springs thrives as a popular tourist destination with its scenic landscapes, cool mountain air, healing mineral springs, hiking trails, year-round activities, and welcoming spirit. In fact, tourism is the mainstay of the local economy.
Senior visitors will want to see Colorado’s most popular free park the Garden of the Gods, as well as the Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Miramont Castle, and the breath-taking Seven Falls.
Seniors Enjoy Artist’s Mecca
Manitou Springs is an artist’s mecca and abounds in world class art, music, theater and sidewalk sculpture displays. Shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants line the downtown main street, and lodging ranges from historic B&Bs to elegant hotels.
Senior visitors, don’t miss the Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered one of the country’s largest National Historic Districts. Plan to stay for a few days in one of the pleasing hotels and B&Bs. If you enjoy camping, RV parks and campgrounds are nearby.
The local Chamber of Commerce suggests that visitors make Manitou Springs their “Base Camp” and enjoy all of the many attractions and activities the area has to offer. jeb