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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.
Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway reviews
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.
Went on a beautiful day with no clouds or wind. Incredible views. Unfortunately it was overshadowed by some questionable management. First delay on the way up was due to a track switch malfunction. Crew had to disembark and manually switch the tracks which took about 15min. Not a huge deal, but still a delay. On the way down, we waited nearly 1 hour while the “snow plow” train was put into storage. Apparently this was the most appropriate time to do it? Meanwhile everyone is sitting in sweltering heat, no breeze wondering why we have to wait. I don’t know a lot about running a train company, but I’d move the plow train when customers aren’t having to sit on the track and wait. Like seriously, why??? In the end, we arrived back at the bottom almost an exact hour behind schedule, most of which was spent sitting in the heat. Incredibly frustrating and an immense amount of perceived incompetence. We will not be back and we will not recommend it to others.
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