Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway

Train Ride to the Top of Pike's Peak...

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Starting the Climb
The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway offers a fun train ride for the entire family. The train operates from
its depot in Manitou Springs, Colorado and gives passengers the opportunity to ride to the top of 14,110 foot
Pike's Peak.

This is a
cog railway so there is an additional track with teeth between the two normal rails of the track. The
train is able to climb very steep grades because it is equipped with a gear-like wheel or cog that engages the
teeth in the center rail of the track. The
train ride up is a little over 8 1/2 miles. There are huge Pike's Peak
granite boulders, streams, water falls, aspens and pines, beautiful mountain views and wild life to enjoy
along the way. The conductor does a nice job of pointing out interesting things on the way up and on the
way down spends a little time with each passenger answering questions.

We left the depot at 10:40 AM and arrived back at 1:50 PM for a round-trip
train tour of 3 hours and 10
minutes. We were up on top of the mountain for 50 minutes. There is a very nice gift ship, cafe, bathrooms
and even a parking area for people who drove their car to the top.

There is a very nice, large observation area with high walls and railings on the top of the mountain. Coin
operated telescopes are available for viewing the surrounding area. The views from the top of Pike's Peak
are absolutely stunning and on a clear day you can see 5 states from here. Pike's Peak was the inspiration
for the song America the Beautiful and there is a monument on display on the observation deck. Both young
and old will thoroughly enjoy this trip.

Below are some pictures of our train ride from Manitou Springs to the top of Pike's Peak in June of 2010.
Enjoy!
Tracks for Trains
Going Up and Down
Minnehaha
Elevation 8,332
Waterfalls Along the Way
Inside Train
Half-Way House
Mountain View
Elevation 10,012
Above the Tree Line
Train Ride Scenery  
Aspen Grove
Train Ride Scenery
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Train Ride Scenery
Train Views
Mountain Views
Windy Point
Elevation 12,129
America the Beautiful
Monument
Train Depot - Manitou Springs
Old Pikes Peak Engine
Train Parked at Depot
Inside Train
Conductor Switches
Track for Downhill Train
Train Ride Scenery
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Snow Above Tree Line
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As Nearing Top
Train Ride Scenery
As Nearing Top
Train Ride Scenery
As Nearing Top
Train View at Top
Train Parked at Top
Top of Pike's Peak
Summit House
Top of Pike's Peak
Scenery
Top of Pike's Peak
Parking
Top of Pike's Peak
Observation Area
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