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The Cliff House BlogClimb America’s Mountain on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway


01 Oct, 2017

There are few forms of travel more romantic or more quintessentially American than the railroad. On your visit to Pikes Peak, we recommend you take a trip on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which has transported hundreds of thousands of visitors to the summit of Pikes Peak since 1891. On this comfortable and leisurely guided tour, you’ll travel approximately 9 miles in just over three hours. During the first third of the tour, the train winds along Ruxton Creek in Engelmann Canyon, where you’ll be treated to the sight of various wildlife and majestic rock formations. About halfway into the journey, you’ll notice the incline become much steeper as the train begins to earnestly ascend. Once above the timberline, the views are truly breathtaking. Bighorn sheep and yellow bellied marmots frolic on the rocks as you head into the last bit of the upward trip. At the summit, you’ll get to spend about a half hour enjoying the panoramic views before heading back down to the base of the mountain.

Address: 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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