Month in Mantiou: Walk with Me through Manitou Springs

by Marsha April. 02, 2011 3806 views

Manitou Springs has changed a great deal since the 70's when my friend (lifeisgood) and I used to hang out there. At that time it was a huge hippie haven but during the summer months plenty of tourists were seen there as well. There are still some hippies in Manitou but now the pendulum's swung to being mainly a thriving tourist destination. The hippie spirit remains, however, as the mood of the town leans toward tolerance and acceptance in the midst of its wackiness and weirdness. In fact the unofficial slogan of the town is “Keep Manitou Weird” and on Facebook the account by that name has this to say about the town:

“Manitou Springs is a unique town, characterized by a level of creativity and individuality that no other town embodies. ”Keep Manitou Weird“ moves beyond a mere slogan to reflect all things that make Manitou Springs unique. Local businesses, artists, and residents collectively contribute to our town's colorful image.”

Sidewalk chalk art found near the “hippie corner.”

Cowboy hats and crocs….interesting combination!

The gazebo near “Seven Minute Spring.”

Peace!

Greek goddess atop the town clock.

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Jannie 6 years, 1 month ago

I can't wait to see this place! Every time you post it I fall in love with it all over again!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 1 month ago

Fascinating post - thanks for taking us along on your walk! :-)

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Julie 6 years, 1 month ago

Very vibrant set!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leocheung 6 years, 1 month ago

Wow ! Lovely.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Pete 6 years, 1 month ago

very interesting place. thanks for sharing

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Piotrek 6 years, 1 month ago

Amazing set! Colorful and contrasted shots :) I like it!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 1 month ago

You're spending the month there?? THAT sounds like fun! It looks like a great place to explore... I'm thinking I may have been there myself around 74.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lis 6 years, 1 month ago

i love this town.. someday i want to visit this too. You could already write a book with all your experiences in these beautiful places you have visited and include many of your wonderful photos!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ray 6 years, 1 month ago

Looks like a fun place. I like weird!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Becky 6 years, 1 month ago

I was there in 2004, I enjoyed the set!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ian 6 years, 1 month ago

Nice set, some great shots

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tom 6 years, 1 month ago

Wow those are beautiful captures well done

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 1 month ago

Love #4!!!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mertxe 6 years, 1 month ago

genial my friend

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 1 month ago

very interesting shots Marsha! ;)

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 1 month ago

I enjoyed my walk around this interesting place with you Marsha. Love the B&W

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 6 years, 1 month ago

what are things sold in that store (#7)?

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Roger 6 years, 1 month ago

beautiful shots, couldn't you find someone to model the cowboy hat and crocs look for us?
#4 is added to my favs thank you

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Felecia 6 years, 1 month ago

Splendiforous Marsha! They're all great! And I have a real thing for metaphysical shops.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 6 years, 1 month ago

Yeah! Hippie power! ;)

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 1 month ago

One of those fun towns! Love the colorful shops..great shots.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Helle 6 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic set!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Huiching 6 years, 1 month ago

oh. I enjoyed this walk with you so much.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic set !

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 1 month ago

Great set.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tamara Harden 6 years, 1 month ago

What a cool little town!! I can see why you like it, you little hippie, you :-)

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leslie 6 years, 1 month ago

The guy who did that sidewalk art, guess who he is? It's the hippie guy who used to live in the top apartment of the house I lived in in Old Colorado City. He's super talented, isn't he?

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Gonia 6 years, 1 month ago

great variety of styles, I've never known about it. nice to read and see.I like 3rd with cowboyrs hat and 4th.what a place!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 1 month ago

Unicorns, metaphysical symbols, cowboy hats and crocs (in the same store), peace symbols, greek-like statue and those stairs in the last shot... yes, Manitou is a very unique place! Very nice collection!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mallusatish Reddy 6 years, 1 month ago

I FELL SO HAPPY SEEING YOU POST YOU ARE TRULY GIFTED PHOTOGRAPHER EXCELLENT POST

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