In the Wild West, trading posts allowed people to barter useless goods such as furs and canteens for more practical goods, such as 40-gallon cowboy hats and lassoes made out of licorice. Make a profitable trade with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of café fare, drinks, and gift shop wares at Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Manitou Springs.
Garden of the Gods Trading Post was built in the 1920s by trader Charles Strausenback and continues to sell goods today, with an array of updated offerings such as keepsakes, Native American art, and café sandwiches. The Manitou Outpost feathers necks with gold leaf pendants ($12.99+), sheaths feet in soft suede and moosehide Minnetonka moccasins ($38+), and enlivens shelves with keepsakes such as miniature painted ponies ($32.99+), whose neighing registers as soprano squeaks. After walking among the Pueblo pottery ($465+) and Navajo weavings ($310+), guests at the Balanced Rock Grill can indulge in a buffalo burger ($7.50) or unwrap a dried tomato tortilla gorged with spicy chicken and cheddar cheese ($7.95). Patrons can also people-watch at outside tables while sipping from a tap beer ($4.50) and discussing the complications of fashioning mukluks from Yeti hide.
324 Beckers Ln.
Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829Get Directions