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The Route

Your train ride takes you 9 miles up to the summit of Pikes Peak but your journey transports you back in time. Enter Pike National Forest, travel along Ruxton Creek, by Diamond Rock, within the steep, rocky walls of Englemann Canyon, past stacked boulder formations, a striking waterfall and through Deer Park.

Move up Son of a Gun Hill, through the Icebox, a cool shaded canyon, past the remains of Halfway House Hotel, eventually moving above timberline, where the views get more expansive. And with each turn or climb, hear the stories of historical points and significant people who shaped the region along the way.

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The Cog Railway train going down the Pikes Peak Mountain

The Sights

The view from Pikes Peak isn’t the only sight waiting for you. Part of the adventure is what you see along the way. Pikes Peak abounds with fascinating wildlife, and visitors frequently see elk, deer, and yellow-bellied marmot en route, plus Pikes Peak is home to one of Colorado’s largest bighorn sheep herds.

Colorado blue spruce, Ponderosa pine and the one of the oldest living species of trees, the Bristlecone pine grows along the route. It is estimated that some of the Bristlecone pines on Pikes Peak are over 2000 years old! From the unique experience onboard to everything you see outside your window, this is going to be your favorite vacation story.

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The Cog Railway train going down the Pikes Peak Mountain
The Manitou Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

The Summit

You’ve reached the top, now what? Some have described the Pikes Peak summit as the “gateway to heaven.” Pause, inhale, look around, and take it all in. Both the Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges catch your gaze as well as the mining town of Cripple Creek and on a clear day you may even see the skyscrapers of Denver. Explore the newly constructed re-designed Summit Visitor Center, but this is where things can get really interesting. Instead of riding the train down the mountain, you may feel compelled to hike back down the mountain on the 13-mile Barr Trail, or for a thrilling adventure, a bike ride on the twisting Pikes Peak Highway and see Colorado in a whole new way. This is your adventure, it’s what you make it

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A man zip lining down a mountain.

Things to Do

Your unique Cog Railway experience can be but one of many adventures here. Explore the many things to do in historic Manitou Springs or visit the majestic Seven Falls, a natural wonder nestled in the South Cheyenne Canyon. Walk along the creek, dine at the base of the falls, hike the trails or opt for a more thrilling adventure. Cross two, 150-foot rope bridges, ride zip lines, and take a 180-foot controlled rappel at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure. Need a place to stay? The legendary Broadmoor has a spirit of adventure to match yours.

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A group hiking in Pikes Peak Mountain
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“All the wonder of America seemed displayed there.”

- Katharine Lee Bates
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