All Aboard with The Broadmoor
Our friends at The Broadmoor never cease to amaze.
The history surrounding this brand and property is nothing short of staggering, and now there’s news of a breathtaking ride on the rails that everyone will be privy to next month.
The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, America’s highest railway reaching a height of 14,115 feet, is back and will be better than ever climbin’ up America’s Mountain beginning May 2021.
This iconic railway (one of only two cog railways in the U.S.) and the view from the summit is where “America The Beautiful” was penned.
Those interested in being among the first to experience the scenic 9-mile journey to the 14,115 foot National Historic Landmark of Pikes Peak may now purchase tickets online for dates and times this spring and summer. The cost for standard admission is $58.00 for adults and $48.00 for children 12 and under for advance e-ticket purchases or $59.50 at the depot ticket window. Guests may select specific seats on the train by upgrading to the reserved seating option for $68.00 for adults and $58.00 for children. For preferred dates, times and reserved seating, advance online ticket purchases are strongly recommended. The three-hour round trip showcases unparalleled sightseeing, sweeping Colorado views, and the opportunity to enjoy the new Manitou Depot and Pikes Peak Visitor Center. The fall and winter schedules and seasonal holiday experiences will be announced soon. Visitors interested in updates can sign up to receive email alerts on the Cog’s website.
Guests begin and end their journey at the new Manitou Depot, featuring an expansive passenger platform and viewing deck for photographs and two retail stores with snacks and beverages. Once at the top, guests enjoy the new fully accessible, environmentally sustainable, $60 million-plus Pikes Peak Visitor Center. In addition to the breathtaking views – made even more dramatic by a new elevated pathway and overlook designed to help protect the mountain’s fragile tundra – guests can enjoy new menu options, digitally interactive displays that bring the history, significance and geology of the mountain to life, and, of course, a world-famous Pikes Peak donut.
For visitors who would like even more adventure, hiking, biking, and new trail experiences are available. Guests may forgo the round-trip train experience and hike up to Pikes Peak on the 13-mile Barr Trail and ride the train down or take the Cog up and bike down the 19.5 mile downhill adventure from the summit on a guided excursion. Reservations and tickets for these new experiences will be announced soon.
“The Cog is an important part of Colorado and the West’s heritage,” said Ted Johnston, assistant general manager of the Railway. “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.”
Originally built in 1891 and owned and operated by The Broadmoor since 1925, this historic railway is the highest railroad in America, the highest cog railway in the world, one of Colorado’s top attractions, and one of the nation’s most unique experiences. Since October 2017, it has been undergoing a $100 million renovation of its tracks, cogs, railcars, and depot to create a new and improved journey to the summit.
Travelers who would like to ride the Cog and make their visit even more memorable may stay at The Broadmoor and take advantage of the historic hotel’s one-night package offer, which includes classic accommodations (upgrades available), Cog Railway train tickets for each person on the package, a commemorative gift, plus suites available at 25% off published rates. The rates start at $640.00 per night, based on double occupancy.