• The Pikes Peak cog on railway tracks

    Know Before You Go

    Life at the Top of the World

A Few Tips and Tricks

Beautiful sunny skies, high mountain elevation, an unforgettable journey. We want you to remember your Cog adventure for all the right reasons. To help you make the most of your experience, here are a few tips and tricks so you can plan your trip and be ready to come aboard the Cog to summit
Pikes Peak.

1. Weather

Manitou Springs is a mountain town, so you can expect some snowy days in the winter, but a lovely high of 85 degrees is typical in July. In fact, we average more than 300 days of sunshine a year. That being said, temperatures and conditions can change quickly here, especially at the top, where you can experience a 30-40 degree drop from the depot.

2. Altitude

At higher altitudes, people use more calories and burn more fat. And while this sounds like great news, it also means that our bodies need some time to adjust. Manitou Springs itself sits at 6,320 feet and Pikes Peak climbs to 14,115 feet and the difference can make you feel some unusual sensations. Give yourself time to acclimate at lower altitude before heading up, avoid strenuous exercise on your first day, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking lots of water is the best way to avoid the effects of altitude.

3. Timing is everything

It’s a 3 hour and 10 minute ride to the top of Pikes Peak and the Pikes Peak Visitor Center and we spend 40 minutes on the Summit before we depart. In the summer, we operate daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with departures every 40 minutes until 5:20 p.m. Fall and winter schedules are coming soon. We recommend arriving 30 minutes ahead of your departure time, and you’ll want some time after you come down to grab a souvenir in the gift shop.

4. Take a seat

There is assigned seating on the cog and you have to stay seated for the ride, so you might want to consider booking your ticket well in advance so you can make sure you get the best seat in the car. Since there are no restrooms on board, you may want to make a stop at the Depot before you board. It’s a long way to the top!

5. ConductorS

Our conductors aren’t just responsible for getting you up and down the mountain safely, they have a long history of tall tales and big charm aboard the cog. So pull up a seat (well, sit in the one you booked!) and get ready for some good stories, historical facts, and enjoy having someone to point out the wildlife, views and landmarks you’re seeing along the way. And if you’re lucky, maybe when you reach the spot we call Inspiration Point, your conductor just might break into song. Not an ordinary tour, there’s a bit of magic aboard the cog that makes this a meaningful and personal experience.

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