South of Denver is the state’s second largest city, Colorado Springs. Here you’ll enjoy little rain or snow and an extremely moderate climate. Perfect for your adventure on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway!
Dominating Colorado Springs is the 14,110ft Pikes Peak, famed for its Gold Rush associations, this mighty mountain can be climbed by the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog train. Rising from Manitou Springs, a National Historic District, the train climbs through aspen groves to the bald summit. Here you’ll experience wonderful views.
You can hike it if you’re feeling energetic (26 mile round trip), drive it (a hair raising 38 mile round trip or take the train up and walk down…what takes your fancy?
At the foot of the mountain is the Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark. Accessible by foot or car, here you can explore this incredible 3,300 acres park scattered with soaring red sandstone outcrops.