Month in Mantiou: Walk with Me through Manitou Springs

by Marsha April. 02, 2011 3841 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, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Julie Arnold 6 years, 6 months ago

Very vibrant set!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Leocheung 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow ! Lovely.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Pete 6 years, 6 months ago

very interesting place. thanks for sharing

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Piotrek 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Lis 6 years, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 6 months ago

Looks like a fun place. I like weird!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 6 years, 6 months ago

I was there in 2004, I enjoyed the set!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ian 6 years, 6 months ago

Nice set, some great shots

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tom 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow those are beautiful captures well done

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 6 months ago

Love #4!!!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mertxe 6 years, 6 months ago

genial my friend

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 6 months ago

very interesting shots Marsha! ;)

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Roger 6 years, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Felecia 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah! Hippie power! ;)

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Helle 6 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set!

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Huiching 6 years, 6 months ago

oh. I enjoyed this walk with you so much.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set !

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 6 months ago

Great set.

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tamara Harden 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
Leslie 6 years, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Gonia 6 years, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 6 months 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, 6 months ago Edited
Mallusatish Reddy 6 years, 6 months ago

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

6 years, 6 months ago Edited
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