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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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  • We wanted to go to the top of Pike's Peak and having done the Road to Hana on Maui, we decided to give the railway a try here. Glad we did as it is a stress-free way to get to the top. There is... 
    We wanted to go to the top of Pike's Peak and having done the Road to Hana on Maui, we decided to give the railway a try here. Glad we did as it is a stress-free way to get to the top. There is...  more »
  • Firstly, I understand nobody can control the weather. I got several text messages the day of our trip saying our train would be delayed. The last message received day of the trip stated due to... 
    Firstly, I understand nobody can control the weather. I got several text messages the day of our trip saying our train would be delayed. The last message received day of the trip stated due to...  more »
  • Great experience. Best view from 3 seat side.Dress warm for top. Donuts just ok. Staff great! Drink plenty of water to help prevent altitude sickness. Air canisters at bottom gift shop for those who.....  more
    Great experience. Best view from 3 seat side.Dress warm for top. Donuts just ok. Staff great! Drink plenty of water to help prevent altitude sickness. Air canisters at bottom gift shop for those who.....  more »
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  • This was something I've wanted to do since I first moved to Colorado and it didn't disappoint. The train was just plain fun. The conductor / guide was charming and funny. She provided interesting narration, facts about the train and tracks as well as information about the local geography and topography and historical tidbits as the train chugged along. The views from the top were fantastic. We got some of the famous donuts and they were yummy. Our only complaint is that you only get 30 minutes at the top before you have to board the train and head back down hill. Therefore, if you want any souvenirs, you should definitely buy them at the train station at the bottom because there wasn't enough time to see all the sights and tour the visitor's center at the top of Pikes Peak. We hope to go back and drive up so we can take in everything at the top at our own pace.However, the train trip was simply awesome and I highly recommend it.
  • Such an amazing experience. It is something you have to do at least once. Beautiful views along the way and definitely some stunning views at the top of the peak. The conductor was fantastic, very funny and engaging, and so very kind. The donuts at the top are only made at that elevation and they were delicious, a very sweet treat! Nice gift shop with fresh water and cute gifts. A very enjoyable time.
  • This place was awesome! Go now! The Aspens are already changing, there was snow at the top last week, but this week was cloudy, still worth it! We saw five deer, some Arctic Ravens, and I know they told me the name of them but I forgot, they were like prairie dogs but in the rocks at the top, either way, it was awesome. The two seat side is the mountain side with creeks and the three seat side has more of a view of the valley. The tour guide Jess was awesome! Our conductor Liam was great and everyone was very nice. You don't get a lot of time at the top so our group split up to see different parts. The gift shop at the bottom I think is the better gift shop, but it is near to buy something from the top at 14k. I want to come back and see it in the winter. I bet it's beautiful. My suggestion is pay extra to pick your seat of your with a group, the train was totally full when I went on a weekday. If you want to see pikes peak and just enjoy the trip up, you should take the cog train. It's the way to go. The road up the mountain looks scary for someone who doesn't drive these types of mountain roads
  • What a great experience to visit the top of pikes peak. The views were amazing! One of my favorite train rides for sure. I would say the best seating with the best views is the 3 seater side against the outer side of the train. Seating is a little tight so if you want to be a little more comfortable I would suggest 2 people buying seats. Getting to the top of the mountain was unreal! I do however wish we had a little more time up there.
  • My mother-in-law was visiting us from Montreal. We wanted to take her on a little mountain adventure that didn't require hiking due to her mobility issues and this train ride exceeded our expectations! We booked our reservations quite early and secured seats right in the front row of the train. The views were absolutely stunning and the history of the train and the mountain was so informative. We loved the ride up and even saw some marmots, mountain goats and deer. We took advantage of the donuts at the top and they were delicious! The only negative was that the seats were quite cramped and we are a petite family. But we were enjoying ourselves so much that it didn't bother us too much. Thank you so much for providing a memory for our mother who absolutely loved it. Highly recommend for visitors and locals alike!

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