Pikes Peak COG Railway

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States

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This railway departs every 40 mintes until 5:20 pm and ventures 9 miles to the top of Pikes Peak. This three hour round trip train ride offers the experience of a lifetime, climbing to 14,115 feet in altitude, passengers will expereience the breathtaking 360 views around the mountain.

The Cog Railway is the world's highest and longest cog railroad and the highest railroad in the U.S. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is one of the more beautiful and unique experiences in the country. With most recent rennovations including a new snowblower which cuts through 14' tall snow in a breeze, clearing the way for train passengers to venture up the summit in the winter.

This railway has a history that all started with, a mule! in the late 1880's a tourist named Zalmon Simmons visited the Pikes Peak region. The inventor and founder of Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company had visited the region to check up on an invention, an insulator for telegraph wires that ran to the Army Signal Station on the Summit. He reached the top of Pikes Peak the only way to travel the 13.5 miles up at the time, a two-day trip on a mule. He determined that the public should be able to experience the spectacular views in a comfortable and pleasant manner. The story goes that the owner of his hotel mentioned the idea of a railway bringing guests to the top and in 1889 the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway Company was founded.