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“Up up and away”

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 27 April 2012

This attraction was very uplifting. The views were incrediable and the ride itself was amazing. Pay attention and do not exert yourself at the top of pikes peak and I mean the top. Not reccomended if you are afraid of heights.

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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Really well-worth the fee for the trip up Pikes Peak. It felt super-safe (also the railway has a perfect safety record—I checked—I’m a worrier). It was a steady speed up the mountain and the same steady speed on the way down. Although there is a road up to the top, it had snowed the night before and there’s no way we were going to drive it! (Or any other time for that matter). The railway is the way to go. For the fee, our friendly, informative guide gave us great descriptions of each of the eco-zones we were going through, as well as rock formations, a few buildings, waterfalls, etc. On the way down, he walked through the train cars and answered any questions you might have. I would have missed so much without the descriptions. At the top, you de-train near the summit house and, as soon as we stepped outside, several people remarked “I feel kinda funny”. That’s not an exaggeration, I think most everyone was feeling the altitude. The summit house had an area with hot donuts and coffee, as well as other food items. There was also a gift shop inside, of course. The views from the top were incomparable. It was cold, windy and icy in spots so watch your footing as you take photos. There is a commemorative marker for where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to “America The Beautiful”. A trip up to the top of Pikes Peak was a “must-do” item, at least for me.

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Best view in Colorado Springs. A must do the 14000 foot ride.

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

The Cog railway is defiantly the way to go if you want to visit the summit with small children. Tickets are pricey, but worth it. I have gone up on the cog a few times, more relaxing then driving yourself, and staff on the cog point out landmarks and give you a history lesson. Keep an eye out for wildlife, both times I went we saw deer. Once on the summit, they allow 45 minutes to explore, take photos, and get a snack at the cafe. The mac and cheese is very good, and the doughnuts are amazing. The 45 minutes goes quickly, they only allow that to avoid travelers from getting elevation sickness. Recommended that you bring a backpack with warm clothing to throw on once you reach the summit, even in the middle of summer with temps 80 at the base, it can be below freezing on the summit. I have gone in the summer and winter months, both required warm clothes, hats, and gloves. Drink plenty of water to avoid elevation sickness, better to go on a clear day, you can see four states from the summit if theres no clouds. Fun to go in the winter as well, they blast the snow off the tracks, so its like climbing up a wall of snow, if the weather is bad/snowy,windy, check to make sure they are going to the summit before getting your tickets, its not worth it unless your going to the summit!

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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Way fun trip - now a few tips:
PLAN AHEAD! This in not your zoo train. Dress Warm - It's cold up there and probably windy. Take your lunch or munchies - the "cafe" up there is hugely expensive and not at all good. (well, what do you expect at the top of a 14,000 ft mountain....). TAKE WATER - you dehydrate really fast at altitude. Expect some altitude sickness/dizzyness - that's why you only spend about 40 minutes at the top. Ask for an odd number seat - they face forward, not back. (the even # seats are ok.) Book early. Take your camera.
Have fun!!

1  Thank obankestrel
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