Pikes Peak Cog Railway
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Pikes Peak Cog Railway information
Lonely Planet review
Travelers have been making the trip to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110ft) on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway since Zalmon Simmons had it constructed in 1891. Today's diesel-powered, Swiss-built trains make the round-trip in three hours and 10 minutes, which includes 40 minutes at the top. Make sure you bring enough clothing, no matter how hot it may be at the base.
The train usually stays open in winter, though departures are entirely dependent on weather conditions – it's definitely a roll of the dice. Trains depart from the Manitou Springs Depot, 6 miles west of Colorado Springs on US Hwy 24. Engineers will drop hikers at Mountain View (1.5 miles from Barr Camp) on the first and last trips of the day only. This is the best way to day hike Pikes Peak; a one-way ticket is $22.