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“Wish we could have made it to the top”

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Manitou Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: For more than a hundred years, this railway, the highest "cog" railroad in the world and the highest train in the U.S., has been transporting passengers to the summit of Pikes Peak.
Reviewed 31 August 2014

We were visiting Colorado Springs from overseas and really wanted to get to the top of Pikes Peak. We had purchased tickets online the day before - the weather had been great for two days and we could see the beautiful peak so were excited... only to find that even though we could SEE the peak on the day, once we got to the station we were told the train was only going half way up due to blowing snow over the tracks. They did give us the option of cancelling or rescheduling but as we were heading out the next day we could not reschedule so decided to see what we could and hope that they might get thru. We didn't. The narrative by the crew was good heading up, quite informative and funny at times. We did get some nice views from the point they stopped at about 5 miles up but would not let us out of the train due to the snow. On the way down they stopped at a siding that had a toilet and a chance to look at the cog tracks. We enjoyed the trip due to the good narrative on the trip up but were disappointed in not making it to the top - though from reading other reviews we could have got to the top and been clouded in. There was not much narrative on the way down, no animals up or down and would recommend that if it was only going half way to try to reschedule. They did give us a slight discount on the tickets. Overall - it the weather cooperates go for it.

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

The Cog ride was very enjoyable with spectacular views. Once at the top they warn you not to spend too much time in the gift shop and they are right, everyone crams in there and the lines are ridiculously long and before you know it, your time is up and you haven't spent but a few minutes outside. We will be driving back up so we can spend more time up there. Definitely wear a coat and warm clothes as it was bitterly cold up there with a harsh wind.

1  Thank MarieBryner
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Our daughter and son-in-law hiked to the summit of Pike's Peak a few days before our visit. They were grateful for the experience, but we all agreed that we'd take the cog railway together. It was a good choice. It was a comfortable ride, and we enjoyed beautiful views while listening to entertaining and educational commentary from the conductor. Then we got to the top and the views were even better. There's a large gift shop, but since we only had 30 minutes before the train left, we spent our time outside. A few words of advice: first, order your tickets ahead of time. Trips do fill up and you don't want to be disappointed. Second, take a heavy jacket or sweatshirt. It was hot when we boarded the train, but cold at the top (I was glad I brought my hoodie). Third, since you only have 30 minutes at the top, if you need to use the restroom do it right away. Lines form quickly, and you want to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the views from all sides (or to visit the gift shop, if that's your thing). Fourth, take your time if you aren't used to the altitude. Rushing is not recommended. If you get lightheaded (as I did), sit for a minute and take slow, deep breaths. You'll feel better quickly. Fifth, try the donuts. They are seriously delicious. We were in Colorado Springs for a couple of weeks and went a lot of places, and this was one of the absolute highlights.

2  Thank empressoftheuniverse
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

We were thankful that, although it was summer and quite warm in town, we wore jeans and hoodies on the train. The higher that you go, the colder it gets. The gift shop at the top is making a fortune on their Colorado/Pike's Peak apparel! The train chugs along slowly, up and down the same path. There are no scary drop offs to fear. You go through a lot of cool forest and see some great views out across the rolling valleys. Keep your eyes open for deer and other forest creatures. Try to get seats in the row that seats 3-4 people instead of the 2 person row. The views and photo opportunities are much better there. We faced strangers and our legs were tangled up pretty tightly. It's better to sit across from your companion/s than next to them. Also, sit on the side that will have you leaned back into your seat instead of bracing yourself from leaning into the lap of the person across from you. It's steep at times and your legs and back get tired from working so hard to keep yourself upright. I've been on this train twice and both times it was totally cloudy at the top. Someday I will actually see the amazing view that I know is beyond the thick, white-wash.

1  Thank TruthBTold00
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

The train winds through a narrow path in the early route and then opens out to a dramatic landscape. Each train has a ticket -cum-customer interface personnel who gives you a running commentary as you wind your way up and down the route. They make special efforts of being funny and making the ride entertaining. Watch for the big horn sheep and marmots whom one can spot as you cross the tree line. Make sure to keep sipping on water all through the morning the day you decide to take the railway up, since its a steep ascent up to the 14,000 Ft. top and altitude can hit bad if one is not hydrated enough. Its something one must visit on a trip to colorado springs. Gives you a 360* view of the location....

1  Thank Manjirilatey
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