The Mineral Springs - Manitou Springs, CO
(Photos Of Our Mineral Water Tour; Pictures of All Ten Mineral Springs - July 18, 2008)
Ron and I met at The Loop in Manitou Springs for an early dinner to
catch up in an in-person meeting.
We ate so much food and needed to walk it off, and we decided to walk throughout the
historic town of Manitou Springs and visit all of the mineral springs. We taste tested all
of them and ranked them below!
The adjacent photo shows the location of all ten mineral springs. Most can
be reached with a short walk from the center of town,
although driving to Iron Spring (on upper Ruxton Avenue near the Cog Railway)
and Ute Chief Spring (far west Manitou Avenue) are reasonable alternatives. In general, the springs taste
very much like mineral water with hints of carbonation. Each have nuanced
differences in flavor, taste and texture.
Here is our taste test review of the mineral springs:
1st Place: Twin Spring - A tangy, full body mineral water; We found it very refreshing.
2nd Place: Seven Minute - A crisp flavor with a metallic flair; No aftertaste.
3rd Place: Stratton Spring - Very similar to Twin Spring, but with less aftertaste.
4th Place: Ute Chief Spring - Tastes like Sprite without the lemon.
5th Place: Cheyenne Spring - Sweet and pale. Not much pizzazz but sufficient.
6th Place: Shoshone Spring - A trace of sour with a metallic aftertaste.
Note: Among the six above, we thought they were all pretty good.
If you are filling up gallons of water, we suggest one of the top five.
Try them all and decide which one you like the best.
(The springs below either did not make the cut or were not in operation.)
7th Place: Navajo Spring - A hint of sweetness; A little boring. Lack of carbonation made it seem like tap water.
8th Place: Wheeler Spring - The strongest metallic aftertaste; Lacking in flavor of any sort.
9th Place: Iron Spring - The spring was not running and is under restoration efforts.
I can tell you from past consumption this one is heavy with iron. It tastes like a liquid nail! (No exaggeration)
10th Place: Soda Spring - Not running and no indicators that it will be restored at all.
Scroll down to view our photos or you can go directly to a particular spring via these links:
Twin Spring, Seven Minute,
Stratton Spring, Ute Chief Spring,
Cheyenne Spring, Shoshone Spring,
Navajo Spring, Wheeler Spring,
Iron Spring, Soda Spring