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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. Enjoy extensive renovations, updated trains, and a visit to the new Summit Visitor Center on Pikes Peak.

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After completing an expansive restoration project in 2021, The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway is back on track to usher in a new era of adventure on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. A renovated depot, new 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 over 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 fantastic gifts and fun Cog memorabilia to commemorate your experience. You can also pick up tasty snacks to enjoy as you ride — everything from local Colorado snacks and trail mix to ice cream.

From there, you’ll board the train and embark on a 9-mile journey to Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit. Along the way, you’ll travel through Englemann Canyon, the Pike National Forest, and Inspiration Point and be treated to stories about the region’s history.

It goes without saying that the views along the 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 is typically only traveled by experienced backcountry hikers, including unique rock formations, high-elevation flora and fauna, pristine landscapes and historical landmarks. The train travels through multiple life zones, and you’ll have ample opportunities to view the unique attributes of each one. Your camera will need a long nap from all the overtime it will put into capturing the journey.

At The Top

At the top of Pikes Peak, you and your fellow travelers will be given 40 minutes to explore the summit and take in the stunning sights. On a clear day, you can see five states from the summit: Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas. The brand-new Summit Visitor Center experience offers multiple points to take in the views, complete with interesting facts about the region.

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, and downhill fun.

Things to know

From $58.50 / person

Trips daily - weather permitting

Departure times vary - See website for details
Average time

3 hours round-trip

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They suggest reserving your trip 2 weeks out.

Visitors can upgrade for select seating for an extra $10 / person

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

Yes. However, within a week of departure the refund will be issued as store credit redeemable for train tickets in the future or items in the giftshop minus a $20 change fee per order.

Several of the trains are heated, we recommend calling ahead to make sure yours is. The engines under the unheated trains 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 $15 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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