After construction finished the railway was purchased by Dr. Newton M. Brumback who converted it to a 16 minute tourist ride to Mount Manitou Park. The Incline’s original summit house was built from leftover construction materials. Seven years after its creation the summit house burnt down. That same year, in 1914, a new summit house was built to be more comfortable and a safe place to shelter visitors from the elements.
Spencer Penrose, a Colorado Springs entrepreneur, known for building The Broadmoor and constructing Pikes Peak Highway, purchased the Manitou Incline in 1923. He upgraded the operation adding new cars with nicer benches and retractable roofs. Then, in 1958, the summit house was rebuilt again and remained until the Incline closed, then it was dismantled.
The Incline operated under Pikes Peak Cog Railway until a rockslide washed out the rail bed. Due to its location and grade, it incurred high maintenance costs and ceased to operate in 1990. At this time rails were removed creating a natural staircase of railroad ties.