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Month in Mantiou: Walk with Me through Manitou Springs

  • Posted April 2, 2011 by Marsha Viewed 3726 times

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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.”


Greek goddess atop the town clock.

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    • # Jannie

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

      2011.04.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      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.

      2011.04.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lis

      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!

      2011.04.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Roger

      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

      2011.04.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Felecia

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

      2011.04.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Leslie

      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?

      2011.04.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gonia

      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!

      2011.04.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Darlene Foster

      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!

      2011.04.02 Edited Reply Cancel