Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway Manitou Springs
Where is it at?
Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway
515 Ruxton Ave
Where are we going today?
For over 120 years, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway has taken passengers to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak. With guided tours along the way, wildlife sightings, and fun in the sun and snow, this is an educational and enjoyable trip for people of all ages! Open year round, this is one of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Colorado!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 3
Here at the Cog Railway, we do offer a school-group discount for field trips! Please call as far in advance as possible to reserve seats! The price is $19.00 for adults and $9.50 for children under 12 years old!.
The Cog Wheel Cafe is located near the loading gates on the platform. They offer all sorts of delicious foods including hamburgers, brats, thai chicken wraps, and even spiced nuts! .
Any Top Tips?
The trip is 3 1/2 hours round trip, so be sure to make sure you have time for the trip! It is generally 30 degrees cooler on the Summit so dress accordingly! Bring water to drink on the train so the altitude doesn't effect you too much...but be careful, there are no restrooms on the train. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have any further questions, please email us at [email protected] or our Ticket Office is open seven days a week from 8AM-4:00PM. You can contact an ticket agent during business hours at (719) 685-5401..
Can I get one of those?
The Steamer Stop Shop is located near the loading gates on the platform. If you want an inexpensive souvenir to remember your train trip, or you forgot your sweatshirt for the cold temperatures up top, the Steamer Stop Shop has what you need! .
The Cog Railway Depot is located just outside of downtown Manitou Springs. Several of our passengers love taking the train ride early in the morning so they can walk around Manitou Springs in the afternoon and have lunch or visit several of the local shops! .
What people are saying?
by Michelle Johnston
It's a good experience. A bit pricey. And the seating is pretty snug. But it is a nice way to see a 14er. Be warned, I was unaware that the trip was 1 1/2 hours each way. So plan accordingly. It's nice if you bring your own lunch. And I would say the three seat side of the train has better views.
But the views are amazing and the history they give on the way up is great as well. My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. Only complaint is how tight the seating is.
by Stephanie Jackson
Yes, it is expensive ($72 for 2 people) but as a rare treat, it is worth it. The conductors do a nice job of narrating on the way up and answering questions on the way down. The seats are a little narrow if you are lucky to have a generous booty like myself but it is an old train. The views from the top are outstanding (as you would expect) but ALWAYS bring a warmer layer. Both times I've been up, in July, it either snowed or was windy and in the 40s on top. Yes, it's warm down in the city, bring a layer anyways.
by Regina Warren
lets start from the beginning. Gift shop attendant was very rude, no smile, no how are you nothing! The snack bar (lol) 4.00 hot dog but at least the staff were nice. The conductor OMG pray you get a good one. So loud gave me a headache before we even left. The trip. We thought we were lucky, first row on the three seat side. Guess what, there is no sunblock, and while going up that sun is hot, the window was so dirty my pictures didn't come out. the drivers seat blocks the view on the two seat side, oh but the driver had a sun visor. The...Read More
by Mariusz Zielezny
We didn't knows tickets has to be purchased earlier. Anyway we got ours with just hour waiting for our ride. Seats on the end of train with awesome view all way long. To bad we had to take same train back. But our next trip to the summit was by car. Amazing breathless experience.
by Jon Burch
Great day, top of the world. Cold in October bring coat
by Regina Warren
lets start from the beginning. Gift shop attendant was very rude, no smile, no how are you nothing! The snack bar (lol) 4.00 hot dog but at least the staff were nice. The conductor OMG pray you get a good one. So loud gave me a headache before we even left. The trip. We thought we were lucky, first row on the three seat side. Guess what, there is no sunblock, and while going up that sun is hot, the window was so dirty my pictures didn't come out. the drivers seat blocks the view on the two seat side, oh but the driver had a sun visor. The seats are hard, small and very uncomfortable. Are they so hard up for cash that they have to squeeze you in like sardines? The Peak was beautiful, but did that make up for the very long, uncomfortable 2 hour plus trip on a smelly train. We will never do it again, we will drive it. Oh and lets not forget, when you reach the top you have about 20min to do everything you want and need to do, this includes, shop, use the restroom, get more water, or try one of those terrible donuts. I would of loved to have given this experience a 5 star but I won't lie, people need to know. If you get on the three seat side, your trip will be more then unpleasant. The two seat side may of been better but as I stated we couldn't see.