From the City of Manitou Springs
The City of Manitou Springs has leased a parking lot and is making it available for FREE during the summer season.
The lot, which holds approximately 100 vehicles and can accommodate buses and RVs, is located at BEHIND (east of) the Tajine Alami Restaurant at 10 Old Man’s Trail (east of Memorial Park). Parking in front of property is for restaurant customers only. Others may be towed if they park there.
The City has leased the lot from May 24 to October 1, 2012, in an effort to provide more parking capacity and to determine if drivers will utilize the lot, which is only about 1-1½ blocks from the Historic Downtown. The City’s lease does not include September 1, 2, and 3 during the Commonwheel Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival. There will be paid parking by the property owner in the lot during those events.
In addition to the free parking near the downtown, the Cog Railway will be operating a free, 14 passenger shuttle van from June 16th through August 12th, from 6:20 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. that will be available on a first come/first served basis. The shuttle will run approximately every 30 minutes from the free parking lot, through the downtown and up Ruxton to the Cog Railway making it very convenient for downtown workers and Incline hikers in particular.
“In addition to visitors, we hope Downtown employees and hikers enjoying Manitou’s scenic beauty will utilize the lot and reduce the instances of parking in neighborhoods or the effect on the environment of circling for parking spaces” stated City Administrator Jack Benson, who was responsible for securing the lease on the parking lot. “We appreciate the property owner, Mr. Alami, working with the City to make the lot available for the summer.”
Overnight parking or camping, or long-term parking is not allowed.