Reservations open Wednesday evening for Manitou Incline hikes

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Limiting the amount of people per 30-minute window

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Manitou Springs City Council has created a Free Incline Reservation Systems (FIRS), and will begin accepting reservations for anyone who would like to access the Manitou Springs Incline Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.


The first possible slots are slated for Thursday morning at 6 a.m.

City leadership said they want to establish a system to operate the Incline in a manner that best protects public health, safety, and welfare, without overly burdening the resources of Manitou Springs.

FIRS will provide booking information, rules of use, recommendations, and directions concerning parking.

Reservations will be limited to 45 people per 30-minute window after an initial two week period of 35 people per 30-minute window. The number of people permitted per 30-minute window may be adjusted by Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs upon their mutual consent, depending on the availability of parking spaces.

Further, public access to Incline will be limited to the hours between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. An Incline attendant will be on hand to check people in, pass out wristbands, and provide overall guidance and direction.

To access the Incline, all users must have a reservation and, unless they arrive on foot or by bicycle, provide proof that they parked at Hiawatha Gardens or the Iron Springs Chateau.

Reservations may be made up to seven days in advance of the desired access date. Modifications to the reservation availability period may be made by the cities upon their mutual consent.

Enforcement of the reservation period may include issuing trespass citations to individuals accessing the Incline without a valid reservation, during hours when the Incline is closed, or otherwise without appropriate authorization.

Unless Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs agree otherwise, access to the Incline shall be subject to the terms of the memorandum and the FIRS shall remain in effect until Manitou Springs terminates its COVID-19 emergency declaration restrictions on the Incline.  

The Incline averages 1,000 visitors a day, and due to the COVID-19
crisis, the City of Manitou Springs temporarily closed the attraction on April 15.

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