Manitou Incline Reservation

Manitou Incline Reservation

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Reservations are available now through the month of June;
Reservations for July will open on June 1st, 2024 @ 9am .  


Note: The Hiawatha Gardens Parking Lot will have limited parking capacity through May 29th due to striping and grading operations

Incline will be Closed June 1, 2024 for Wine Festival

Incline will be Closed July 21, 2024  for Barr Run

Jump To: Parking | Make Reservation Cancellations

Hours of Operation

Regular Hours

May 1st - Oct 31st

Winter Hours

Nov 1st - April 30th

6:00 am - 6:00 pm6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Be sure to bring your confirmation, either on your phone or printed. City of Colorado Springs Parks’ staff will greet you and check you in at the base of the Incline.

  • You can reserve more than one slot at a time, however, please only reserve days and times you plan to use.
  • You only need to make a reservation for the time you wish to check-in to start your climb. The half hour is the time frame we ask you to check in with our attendants, not the time you would have to finish a climb that will depend on the climber how long the hike will be. 



To cancel your reservation please email with your name and transaction ID. If only one person from your hike group is cancelling, please let us know who from the reservation we need to cancel. Also the Incline Administrators can be contacted at (719) 385-6518 for questions and concerns.

Preparation and Safety

This is a vigorous and intense hike, complete with a false summit! The trail is recommended for physically active people and those adjusted to the elevation. Although the trail is just one mile in length, it is a 2,000 ft elevation gain straight up a steep, uneven staircase! Are you ready? Plan ahead and prepare!

  • Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.
  • Make sure to properly hydrate by drinking water the evening before your reservation.
  • Check the weather. Ice develops quickly near the top of the Incline after wintery weather events. Micro spikes strongly recommended!
  • Do you have proper clothes and footwear? Sneakers or sturdy hiking shoes are strongly recommended. Dress in layers.
  • Visiting from a lower elevation? Allow your body to properly acclimate a few days before hiking the Incline.
  • Due to safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on the Incline. Remember to leave your pet at home.


Incline Parking

Plan to arrive in time to find parking and allow plenty of time to get to the base on the Incline. Parking is available at:

Where to park:

Hiawatha Gardens Parking Lot located at 10 Old Man’s Trail: 

See Parking Rates - Make sure to get a parking pass from the meter. Tear the ticket on the marked line, leave the top part of your ticket on your dash and take the bottom section with you if you would like proof of parking.  (Enter your phone number when making your reservation to receive alerts when your parking is about to expire, and extend if needed.) Visit the Manitou Springs website for more information regarding parking at the Hiawatha Gardens lot.

The free shuttle runs from Hiawatha Gardens to the Incline between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00pm:

Approximately every 20 minutes between these times

Masks are no longer required to board the bus, but riders are welcome and encouraged to wear them

The shuttle does not run on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day

Iron Springs Chateau Parking 444 Ruxton Ave:

  • Fee-based parking - Make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant.
  • Parking is $15 per car for 4 hours - cash only
  • Parking is on a first come first served system

May close early if a show is scheduled. Follow them on Facebook for closure announcements.

Where not to park:

  • Incline users are not allowed to park in Barr Lot. Barr Lot is only available to users seeking access to the National Forest, via Barr Trail. You will not be granted access to the Incline if you park in Barr Lot.
  • Parking along Ruxton Avenue and Winter St. is only for Residential Parking Permits (RPPs), which are issued by Manitou Springs.  Parking on Ruxton Avenue and Winter St. without a Residential Parking Permit will result in a parking ticket.


Incline Rules

  • Smoking prohibited
  • No pets allowed
  • Littering prohibited - reusable water bottles are recommended
  • Creation or use of undesignated trails prohibited. Please DO NOT shortcut your journey as you come down Barr Trail or the Northern Return Trail.
  • Open fires and burning prohibited
  • For your safety and the safety of others, do not climb down the Manitou Incline (use alternate trails for your downhill journey)
  • Do not feed any of the wildlife you encounter on your hike.  Feeding wildlife decreases their life span & disrupts the ecosystem.
  • Respect other visitors; keep a safe distance whenever possible and use headphones if listening to music

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Bring your reservation confirmation, plenty of water/snacks, and a charged cell phone 
  • Wear appropriate attire; hiking boots/tennis shoes, hat, and sunscreen
  • Check the weather forecast! Live Cam
  • Are you acclimated? The Incline is an extreme workoutDO NOT attempt to climb if you are not physically prepared


How to make a reservation

  • Click on the "ADD TO CART" button below
  • Select the date you wish to hike
  • Use the "+" and "-" to select the number of people hiking and enter their names
  • Go to the Cart & complete the checkout process
  • Check out is complete once you reach the final confirmation page and you are given your transaction ID


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