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Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

All aboard the cherry-red cars of the Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, often shortened to the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, for a journey to remember: a climb to the summit of Pikes Peak, America's Mountain. Each mile of the track reveals more of the changing landscape, beginning with quiet pine forests to tranquil streams and culminating with a glorious display of mountain peaks. One ride makes it easy to see why visitors have chosen the world's highest cog railway for 130 years.

The train begins its path to the summit meandering along Ruxton Creek in Engelmann Canyon. Groves of Colorado blue spruces and Ponderosa pines frame the tracks. Stacked boulder formations dot the rugged landscape. Riders have plenty to see from their sizable windows as the Pikes Peak Cog Railway proceeds through Pike National Forest, past a beautiful waterfall and near the old settlement of Ruxton Park before crossing through Hell's Gate - the gateway to the mountains.

From here, the route continues to transform. Bristlecone pine trees - some of which are over 2,000 years old - come into view. The course continues through Deer Park, over Son of a Gun Hill, and through Icebox canyon. At this point, the cog is above the treeline, and the vistas become even more dramatic. Distant mountains and rocky landscapes impress from both sides of the carriage. Travelers are likely to see large herds of bighorn sheep, elk, and deer during their ascent. Yellow-bellied marmots also scurry within eyeshot. Looking out further, the final miles of the route presents panoramic views that stretch to the Great Plains of Kansas, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, and the Collegiate Mountain Range. Finally, at an elevation of 14,115 feet, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway comes to a stop, and passengers may disembark to explore.

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