Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado Springs has been closed since 2017, but it’s finally poised to reopen in May. The railway underwent a three-year renovation and now will once again bring visitors to the top of Pikes Peak, where “America the Beautiful” was famously written. The railway was originally built in 1891 and is the highest railroad in the country.

Guests will start and end their journey at the new Manitou Depot, which will feature a big new platform, viewing deck, and retail stores with snacks and drinks. At the top, you’ll find a new environmentally sustainable visitor center and an elevated pathway and overlook.

Ted Johnston, the assistant general manager of the Railway, said in a press release, “The Cog is an important part of Colorado and the West’s heritage. We’re excited to re-open the railway for the public to experience and enjoy this scenic American adventure that has such a rich history. We’ve been working on this project for three years, and we are very excited to take our first trains and passengers up the mountain.”

Tickets are available for purchase online for dates and times this spring and summer. General admission costs $58 for adults and $48 for children under 12. The railway will celebrate its 130th anniversary on June 30, 2021, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the historic site.

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