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Plan ahead for parking & traffic

The Cog Railway is one of America’s most unique adventures and we are excited to have you experience it. Similarly, the charming town of Manitou Springs is a tourist destination in its own right. Combined, there are over 750,000 visitors each year with the majority arriving during the months of June, July, and August. This, of course, creates an environment where traffic and parking must be carefully coordinated for the benefit of both visitors and residents. We ask for your help in addressing this situation.


Parking at the Cog is $20 and located across the street from our Depot. Parking at the Railway is limited and only available 30 minutes before your departure. Buses, RV’s and trailers are not permitted to park at the depot. For customers visiting only the Cog and not planning to spend time in Manitou Springs before or after your Cog journey, we strongly suggest you park at the Cog Railway lot. Parking in City lots generally costs between $10-20.

By purchasing your train tickets digitally, the Cog will be able to notify you via text messaging when and where parking is available based upon the time of your departure. We accept Credit and Debit card payment at our parking kiosks. No cash.

Visiting the Cog & Manitou Springs

We encourage customers who wish to enjoy Manitou Springs, either before or after visiting the Cog, to utilize one of the following City lots: Hiawatha Gardens, Wichita Lot, Canon Lot and Smischny Lot. Guests who park in the Smischny Lot will need to make a 5 minute walk into downtown Manitou Springs to catch the Route 33 shuttle.

The free Route 33 shuttle is available to bring you directly to your Cog adventure and return you to the Gardens. The shuttle will be scheduled to run approximately every 10-20 minutes and stops running at 6PM.

Arrival Time at the Cog Depot

Due to the amount of vehicle and human traffic on both Ruxton Avenue and at the Cog Depot, we respectfully ask that you not arrive at the Depot more than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. This is important to our efforts to accommodate your ability to enjoy your Cog adventure.

Visitors Who Have Not Purchased Tickets in Advance

Failure to purchase your tickets in advance will complicate things for you, us, and everyone else! Parking will not be available to you at the Cog Depot parking lot and you should not enter Ruxton Avenue in order to visit the Cog Depot with the hope of purchasing a ticket in person. Your ability to choose the train adventure you want and select particular seats will also be minimized.

We have made purchasing advanced tickets intuitive and simple in order to discourage the practice of walk-up ticketing. We respectfully request that you help us accommodate the needs of everyone involved.