Emma Crawford Coffin Races

The Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Festival celebrates the misfortune of Emma’s remains washing down Red Mountain during a heavy rain storm.  Emma Crawford, a young women of 19, moved to Manitou Springs in hopes the Mineral Springs water would cure her TB. She had a great love for the beauty of the area and Red Mountain. She asked that if she was not cured that she be buried at the top of the mountain. During one of her hikes to the top she marked the spot with a red scarf tied to a tree as to where her remains were to be placed.  Her fiancee and a few other men spent 2 days  taking her up Red Mountain to that very spot.  Some years later her remains were washed down the mountain during a heavy rain storm. This is the 19th year that Manitou Springs has had the coffins races up Manitou Avenue. 

Come join this unique celebration, the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Festival, a great pre- Halloween weekend event. The 50 coffins are decked out in different themes, many local are dressed up as well. The parade starts at Noon with the races following. Trophies are awarded to 1st Place winners of the race, which we sponsor. The Heritage Center performs “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” Haunted Walking Tours that evening every 15 minutes the cost $10 per person.  Friday night the Miramont Castle holds Emma’s wake. Call the castle for tickets.

The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast sits near the bottom of Red Mountain, we have a lovely view of the mountain from our back patio. For guests attending the parade and race a walk out the front door and onto the street and the festivities begin.

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