Ticketing, Traffic & Parking – Generally
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.
In order to make your Cog experience enjoyable and efficient, we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance on this site by visiting the Purchase Tickets page. By so doing, your day can be more easily and efficiently coordinated through real time text notifications about traffic, parking locations and other important issues. The Cog offers a discounted ticket price for those customers utilizing our electronic ticketing and traffic information system.
Parking at the Cog is $10 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 $5-10.
By purchasing your 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.
Visiting Both the Cog and
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.
A free 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 8PM.
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 Cog 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.