The Cog Railway has been climbing Pikes Peak since 1891, offering visitors incredible views of Pikes Peak – America's Mountain. The railway was temporarily closed for a $100 million renovation and resumed service, with 9 miles of newly constructed track and refurbished Swiss cog rail cars, in Spring of 2021. During the ascent, riders can catch a glimpse of the beautiful reservoirs nestled among the peaks of the Front Range.
Many of the Bristlecone pine trees in the area that the track runs are some of the oldest living things on Earth, estimated at over 2,000 years old. The route will take you through Pike National Forest, along Ruxton Creek, by Diamond Rock, within the steep, rocky walls of Englemann Canyon, past stacked boulder formations, a striking waterfall and through Deer Park. Eventually, views get expansive as you move above the timberline. Wildlife like elk, deer, bighorn sheep and yellow-bellied marmots can be spotted.