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Manitou Springs - Pikes Peak Cog Railway
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The Cog Railway sells out a couple of weeks in advance during the busy months so be sure to book your ride early. Also, please note that there is still some active construction on the summit of Pikes Peak while they finish up the new Summit Visitor Center.

What you can do

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After completing an expansive restoration project, The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway is back on track to usher in a whole new era of adventure on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. A renovated depot, new and rebuilt trains and miles of new tracks are poised to take Colorado adventurers on an age-old journey that has delighted visitors to the Pikes Peak region for 130 years.

The excursion begins at the newly renovated Cog Railway Depot in the foothills of historic Manitou Springs. The gift shop is packed with cool gifts and fun Cog memorabilia to commemorate your experience. You can also pick up tasty snacks and small to-go meals to enjoy as you ride — everything from local Colorado snacks and trail mix to ice cream and sandwiches.

From there, you’ll board the train and set out on a 9-mile journey to Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit. With an average grade of 12%, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway climbs on a special track, sometimes hitting a grade of 24%! Along the way, you’ll travel through the Pike National Forest, Englemann Canyon and Deer Park and be treated to stories about the history of the region.

It goes without saying that the views along the Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway route are exceptional — and we don’t just mean the panoramic views beyond the mountain. Cog riders are treated to glimpses of the Pikes Peak region that are typically only traveled by experienced backcountry hikers, including unique rock formations, high-elevation flora and fauna, pristine landscapes and historic landmarks. The train travels through multiple life zones on its way to the summit and you’ll have ample opportunities to view the unique attributes of each one. Your camera is going to need a long nap from all the overtime it will be putting in capturing the journey.

At the top of Pikes Peak, you and your fellow travelers will be given a block of time to explore the summit and take in the stunning sights. On a clear day, you can see five different states from the summit, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas. The brand-new Summit House experience offers multiple points to take in the views, complete with interesting facts about the region.

Inside the Summit House, travelers can snack on world-famous Pikes Peak donuts, served hot and fresh and created with a special recipe to accommodate the high altitude. New experiential exhibits allow visitors to learn more about Pikes Peak and the special features of the new Summit House. There are cool souvenirs in the expanded gift shop and the new dining facilities have lots of choices for hungry riders. Be sure to plan your time well at the top so you can check every box on your Pikes Peak bucket list.

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway isn’t just a round-trip experience, either. Visitors can also use the Cog Railway for a one-way trip up or down the mountain. Hike to the top of Pikes Peak on the 13-mile Barr Trail route and book a ride on the Cog for your return trip — your weary legs will thank you. Alternatively, take a one-way ride up to the summit and then bike down the Pikes Peak Highway for 19 miles of twisting, turning, downhill fun. Experienced hikers and cyclists can also use the Cog as a convenient and restful ride up before exploring some of the mountain’s more strenuous hiking trails and mountain bike tracks that can be reached from points near the summit.

Things to know

From $58 / person
Hours

Daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Departure Times vary. Please see their website for details. .
Average time

3 hours round-trip

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FAQs

We suggest reserving your trip 2 weeks out.

Visitors can upgrade for select seating for $68 for adults and $58 for children 12 and under.

Yes! If you require a wheelchair on the train, please call the Ticket Office at (719) 685-5401 and let the ticket agents know.

Tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets can be changed for a $10/ticket fee.

No, however, the engines under the train keep the inside between 50-60 degrees.

Yes, they require a full prepayment of your reservation in order to hold it. Please have a valid credit or debit card nearby when making reservations.

No outside food or drinks allowed. Visitors are welcome to purchase snacks at the depot for the ride.

Parking is available at the depot for $10 for 4 hours. There is overflow parking  at Hiawatha Gardens in Manitou Springs and a free shuttle will bring you directly to your Cog adventure. The shuttles stop running early in the evening so if you have a later train, be sure you check the schedule and plan accordingly.

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