Summer Tours 2018!

From Starsmore to the Mining Museum and from historic commercial districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City to Chico Basin Ranch (on a Saturday!), the HPA is thrilled to present a diverse line up of fascinating historic places throughout the Pikes Peak region this summer.  Comfortable walking shoes, layers, rain gear and cameras are always recommended.  (A small flashlight is even recommended for later evening tours.)


August 2 at 6:30 PM – Walking and Sipping Tour of Downtown Manitou Springs (ALTERNATIVE WEATHER DATE – AUGUST 30TH)

Address/ Parking:  Free parking is available with shuttle service at the Hiawatha Gardens FREE lot near Manitou Springs Memorial Park or try parking in the smaller lots downtown (click for parking details.) Metered street parking may also be available.  Meet at the Town Clock statue (triangular intersections of Manitou and Canon Avenues, next to St Andrews Church) for registration.  The larger group will be divided into three groups with tour guides, according to theme for ease in listening and safety. We’ll kick off from the Shoshone Spring, one short block west of the Town Clock, at 6:30.

So you THINK you know Manitou Springs?  Join us to discover so much more of the lore and lure of one of the largest National Register districts in the West. Your guides will interpret more than a century of architectural history and share the fascinating geology story of the karst aquifer, the reason the town exists.  Learn how native peoples cherished the springs, how health seeking developers initiated its founding in the 1870s, how tourism established its character in the 20th century and how the creative arts nurtured its revitalization from the 1970s on.  This fun walking and sipping tour includes (optional) taste testing from a few of the famous mineral springs.  Cups and courage provided.

Tour Guide:  Roxanne Eflin, noted historic preservationist, 4th generation Manitou Springs resident and current President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs, will take the lead. She will be joined by a lively collection of “locals” who know well the history of this very unique community!

HPA Coordinator:  Al Rohr   Disabled Access:  Tour entails walking several city blocks, but all accessible

Restrooms:   Public restrooms at City Hall and in Soda Springs Park, near the Spa Building