Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Manitou Springs

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The Cog Railway is back on track and open for business. Closed for a three-year rebuild, this iconic attraction features a new depot, new track and new/refurbished trains. The unforgettable ride starts in the charming mountain town of Manitou Springs. The depot has two gift shops, a new restroom facility, elevator and charming platform to wait on as you eagerly anticipate boarding your designated train. Along your 9-mile journey to the 14,115' summit of Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark, you'll enjoy beautiful scenery that is home to a range of wildlife, from fox, coyotes and elk among the pine trees of Pike National Forest to bighorn sheep and whistling yellow-bellied marmots above timberline. At the summit of America's Mountain, you'll enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Cripple Creek and Victor. These are the vistas that inspired the words to America the Beautiful and have drawn generations of explorers and travelers. Awaiting you at the summit is the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center, with educational interpretive exhibits, an excellent array of food choices (don't miss out on the high-altitude donuts!) and an elevated walkway leading you to the jaw-dropping views from the Northern Overlook. To visit Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway on your trip to Manitou Springs, use our Manitou Springs day trip planning tool.
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  • I had high expectations for this excursion. But it was a complete disappointment from beginning to end (ie. escaping from paid parking lot). Let me list my reasons. (1.) Ticket Price Too High...  more »
  • We just visited in early September 2021 and the operation is fully up and running. I do not agree with the $10 parking fee after already paying over $70 for an adult ticket. You can take the shuttle.....  more »
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  • U will never experience a better natural surrounding like this unique ride. It's a rolling history event once u leave the station. *tip-take a jacket cause there is a 25--30 degree differential at the top. Also, it's not a hour ride. It's a minimum 3 hr experience and worth every minute and dime. Boulders the size of a full size SUV. Talk about high with a different meaning.
  • I really wanted to love this. Everyone on the train was very kind. Everything looked very nice. However, despite the lovely views, it was pure torture for me. If I had gone alone, I genuinely would have gotten off the train before it even departed. The seats are practically child-sized and very uncomfortable. The seats face one another and leg room was clearly not taken into consideration. I'm about 5'5" and the woman across from me couldn't have been taller than 4'8". It was lucky we got along well because our legs were practically intertwined. On the way down, I found myself holding her small child because the incline had caused the little girl to slip and fall into my lap. The only reason I would ever consider taking this train again is if I became an actor and was studying for a role as a canned sardine. If you have any sort of disability, do yourself a favor and do not take this train. I was in pain the next day from the way I was forced to sit. I'm not just talking about physical disabilities either. If you have autism, a panic disorder, or a sensory processing disorder, you will not have a good time.

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