Colorado Springs, one of the largest cities in Colorado, is named after a series of mineral springs in the small neighboring town, Manitou Springs. We went on a mineral springs scavenger hunt to find all it had to offer.
Who knew that there are ACTUALLY springs? There are 8 mineral springs that pop out of fountains all around Manitou Springs, a quaint historic Victorian town nestled at the base of Pikes Peak.
“Manitou” comes from the “”breath of the Great Spirit Manitou,” giving the springs their effervescence. Multiple Native American tribes considered the area sacred and rested in winters to enjoy the health and healing power of the springs. In the mid 19th century, British American explorers “discovered” the springs and entrepreneurs proceeded to build resorts and bottling plants around the springs. Some of the historic spas, inns and mansions can still be enjoyed today.
So what to do on a hot fall day? Spring Bingo! Each spring tastes like bubbly water with different flavors, due to the different assorted minerals coming up from each spring. Some taste salty, some taste sweet and delicious! All very drinkable! Trying to find the springs, while wandering in and out of galleries, boutiques, and coffee shops makes for a very enjoyable afternoon.
To the left is the walking map.
If you are visiting Manitou Springs, can you find all 8 springs?
Have you drunk from all of them? Which one is your favorite or least favorite?
1. Seven Minute Spring
2. Shoshone Spring
3. Navajo Spring
4. Cheyenne Spring
5. Wheeler Spring
6. Stratton Spring
7. Twin Spring
8. Iron Spring