• The New Experience 2


    America’s Mountain, Your Adventure

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Manitou Depot

We’re following the tracks of history and proud to be rooted in Manitou Springs. Prepare yourself for your cog journey to the top of Pikes Peak, learn about the stories we’re living, the people you meet along the way and get ready for the sights that will leave you breathless. But first, the details: where to park, snacks to get for the ride up and gifts to grab to commemorate your experience.

Platform with passengers departing train on top of mountain

The Summit

Some have described the Pikes Peak summit as the “gateway to heaven.” Both the Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges catch your gaze as well as the Continental Divide, the mining town of Cripple Creek, and on a clear day you may even see the skyscrapers of Denver. Pause, inhale, look around and take it all in and then explore the newly constructed Summit Visitor Center.

A grainy black and white image of men on a train.

“All the wonder of America seemed displayed there.”

- Katharine Lee Bates

Choose Your Adventure

Enjoy the breathtaking views, but make no mistake, this is an adventure and an experience that you make your own. Options abound if you prefer to forgo the round trip experience on the train: hike up, ride the train down. Take the Cog up, bike down. Whatever suits your mood…and energy level.


Looking for a challenge? Instead of taking the train up, hike Pikes Peak on the 13-mile Barr Trail and ride the Cog back down.

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The best of both worlds. Take the Cog to the summit and an unforgettable bike ride back down the twisting Pikes Peak Highway and see Colorado in a whole new way.

A couple biking over a bridge in Colorado Springs


Hike, run, bike, walk, stroll. The Pikes Peak Region offers incredible trails and roads to be explored.

Hiking woman traveler with backpack checks map to find directions in wilderness area, real explorer. Travel Concept