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Review of Pikes Peak Cog Railway - CLOSED

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
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 March 13, 2013

They said to drink water to avoid altitude sickness, but you don't have to drink water like there's no tomorrow because there are not a bathroom on the train. A small sip now and then is okay. There were human water buffalo's that was drinking water like it was going out of style, then they stampeded through the doors of the train heading to the bathrooms when it got to the top. Best seats are on the left side of the train and sold in groups of 3 seats facing forward and 3 seats facing backwards. On the right side of the train seats are sold in groups of 2 seats facing forward and 2 seats facing backwards in which they have the least best views. They ask not to move across the center isle while the train was moving which puts a damper on picture taking.

1  Thank iv_fortune
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We moved to Colorado Springs a year and a half ago. One of my first days off, we headed to Manitou Springs, a quaint town that time forgot just across the interstate from the Springs. If you haven't been there and the Garden of the Gods, get there asap.

We booked our tickets online and got a dollar off each. The railway was easy to find, well marked from Route 24 and in Manitou Springs itself. Parking is across the road and the men waving you in were friendly and smiling. The station was quaint. Once you buy your tickets you have to walk down about 25 steep steps (there are rails) to the tracks below. Your tickets will have the name of your car and the number of your seat. The seats are wooden and slick. Take a pillow or pad if you need one. There are no restroom facilities on the train and those at the station are old and small. The lines could be long. There is a nice little souvenir shop and that is about it.

You can take food and drink on the train and I highly recommend that you take a couple of bottles of water each. You are going to go from 6350 to 14,114 feet. To avoid altitude sickness, drink lots of water. Bathroom facilities are at the top and the trip takes less than an hour. The train stops a few times on the way up to show you some views and to allow your body to acclimate to the altitude and dry air.

The train was built in the 1800s and has never had an accident or failure. It is amazing. The conductors will give you a tour on the way up, pointing out wildlife (according to the time of year, you will see marmots, elk, deer, cougars, and more) and the incredible views. The jokes are canned and corny but some like them. Some ignore them. I think the script was written back in the Bob Hope era. At least that is the style of humor. We've been up three times and the script never changes even though the conductor does.

Up top, you have just over half an hour to shop, get something to eat at the restaurant (the donuts are famous. They aren't half bad but they are a bit greasy. They are made with a special recipe due to the altitude. You can NOT bring popcorn on the train but you can bring anything else with you). Walk around and see the views from the top. Take a jacket because it can and will be 20-40 degrees colder on top than it was at the bottom. It can snow in July or August. The train is unheated but body heat makes it warm enough very quickly.

Do not miss the train (it whistles a few times to get you back) or you will have to walk down. You can do that but it takes 4-6hrs for most people.

Up top the views are SO vast and beautiful it is hard to describe. They are the views that inspired the writing of "America, the Beautiful."

One warning: the crews clearing the tracks of snow are brilliant but there are one or two times a year that nature beats them. Once, we got only halfway up before having to reverse and come down. They refunded half our money. We were disappointed but when we saw a 10ft wall of snow, we understood. (this was between Christmas and New Years, 2012)

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Unfortunately by the time I arrived at the the Cog Railway it was closed ... 5PM Wednesday in February. It had just snowed earlier in the day so maybe it was too dangerous to go up. The Cog Railway area was a ghost town so I was unable to ask. I was extremely disappointed as it was my last day in CO; however, I was able to walk around Manitou Springs, spend money in the shops and buy Patsy's chocolates! If it was spring/summer I could have spent the whole day shopping but the cold wind limited my outdoor time.

1  Thank J S
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

It was a view that took your breath away, we only went 2/3 way up as bad weather was due. On the way down it began to snow and everywhere looked so magical. In the summer it would be gorgeous too I would imagine

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I was very disappointed in this attraction. With it being cold at this time in Co, you had on bulky jackets, hats, scarves, etc. The seating in the train is 2 seats on one side and 3 seats on the other. They "pack" you in like sardines. While the windows open, there were people who were hot and there were people who were cold so you were stuck with what the majority wanted. We didn't go up to Pikes Peak because of the weather and we knew that. You are warned to use the bathroom facilities before you board since the only bathroom facilities 1/2 way back down are the portable kind. There were at least 200 people on this attraction and there were only 2 portable toilets to accommodate this group. I don't know if there are nicer bathrooms if you go all of the way to the peak. If you have children, prepare them for a 2 hour trip with only a small amount of time to get out and look around. There isn't a lot of room for the children to spread out and you have to remain seated the whole trip. The snacks and drinks are very limited and expensive. If you want to sit as a family, then you need to get tickets early since there is assigned seating.

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