Manitou Incline

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The Manitou Incline is one of the most popular hiking trails in Colorado. The Incline is steep. It gains over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than one mile. The base of the Incline is located in Manitou Springs near the base of the Barr Trail and across the street from the Cog Railroad.

There is a free shuttle service to the Incline



Manitou Incline Safety


Rules for the Manitou Incline are posted at the base of the trail for users to review and follow since 2011 when The Incline was legalized. Due to lack of compliance with these rules, the cities of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs are partnering together to begin enforcing the rules.  Violators of the rules will be issued a citation and will be required to appear in Manitou Springs Municipal Court. 

The rules and regulations of the Incline include:

Hours of Operation include:
April 1 – October 31: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 1 – March 31: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Littering is prohibited. Trash receptacles are provided at the trailhead.

Open fires and open burning are prohibited at all times.

Unreasonable Noise is prohibited; noise levels will be determined per the Manitou Springs Noise Ordinance.

Smoking is prohibited.

Pets are not allowed on the Incline.

Trespass during partial or full closures as posted at the trailhead(s).

Creation of rogue trails is prohibited.

Tampering with construction (such as vandalism, harassment, trespass, etc.)