The upper floor of the Castle had rooms for servants. Those days servants’ rooms were not count into total amount of room in the Castle. I can understand why, they are awfully small, so small that even one of the rooms is not shown for the visitors, because it used as a closet or some office room by museum staff. Moreover, two or more servants lived in those rooms.
Don’t limit your visit in Manitou Springs only to Manitou Avenue, walk up Canon Avenue, where you can see Cliff Hotel, US Post Office, and also a residential area. The last one is the most interesting because Manitou Springs location on the hills changes the way houses customary built. Instead of being lined up, as we see in modern residential areas, Manitou Springs houses are lined up in figurative meaning, they are spread up the hills like the stairs.
Visit Cliff House Hotel. On the ground floor it has old fashioned sitting room and dining room. Also on the walls you will find old pictures of the Cliff House before fire. We looked at one of the rooms of the Cliff House. It seemed to us very small, although the price for one night was $200. I guess you pay for history not for square feet.
Discovered in 1880, the cave contains examples of every sort of major limestone formation. There is a 45 minute tour through the main rooms. But try the more adventurous 3 hour explorer's tour if you're not claustrophobic
One thing I was very happy about was that the public is allowed to explore inside the ruins. Anasazi ruins in the four corners areas are being more and more closed off to protect them. This is NOT an actual ruin so having people run through there and touch things will not be damaging it much.
The construction has many informational signs that explain how daily life would have been for the Anasazi and the light quality in the spaces is fantastic if you visit in the afternoon with the sun to the South.
One thing that did bother me a little bit is that the site does not openly admit that it is a recreation. Many attempts have been made to realistically portray this site as an actual Anasazi construction. When touring the ruins look at the construction style and look at the attention to detail that was taken.
From the thatched roofs to the round beam ceilings to the careful stonework it really is impressive to see. The colors and feel of the place is a genuine experience and the builders have been quite respectful to the Anasazi herritage of the building style. Exhibits and even music are used to supplement the experience and create reverence for the former inhabitants. Even though they never actually lived here.
It was popular in the Victorian era to have a house with unusual shapes, and the Castle rarely has a four-sided room. For instance, the Chapel in the Castle has 8 corners and Guest Bedroom 16 corners.
Go up Canon Ave, and not so far from Manitou Avenue you will see individual building with a store named Crystal (maybe it is renamed, I am not sure). The building has interesting paintings on both sides. I think you will like to take their pictures. I, frankly speaking, consider them as a good art work.
Take a train to Pikes Peak that takes its start from Manitou Springs. Round trip lasts more than 3 hours and includes 30 to 40 minutes on the summit. Look a web site for more details, especially for times and prices.
The Garden of the Gods offers many easy trails. The different red rocks are really stunning.
Listen first in the Visitor Center to the 12-minute show on park history, it's very interesting.
Before you leave the Garden of the Gods taking the Garden Drive to Interstate 24 take a look at Balanced Rock
In the rocks you will see many holes where the birds disappear. They sure feed the baby birds.
These rocks are very fascinating.
Don't forget to hike to the Siamese Twins. It's just a very short hike from Spring Canyon parking lot. This rock formation looks just great
The Castle has many styles mixed together. For example, one of the windows on the top of the staircase, the left one, is Venetian Ogee while the one on the right is Gothic.
The carpet hanging downstairs is reported to have been commissioned by King Umberto of Italy. It is a commemorative piece of the United States. He had 43 made to represent 43 different countries.