Whilst rummaging through some old photos and souvenirs from my travels, I came across this brochure from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway
This was one of the highlights of my 2003 visit to Colorado, I’d been up Pikes Peak before, but never by the cog train.
The journey began at the Manitou Springs depot at 6571 feet, and followed a stream through a steep canyon filled with thick pines and huge boulders. At 11,500 feet the train went above timberline, and among the boulders and tundras I saw Rocky Mountain Big Horned Sheep.
On the final portion of the ascent, I could see Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, as well as the red rocks of Garden of the Gods.
According to the guide, the view from Pikes Peak is what inspired “America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates.
The summit is 14,110 feet high and I could see Denver, 60 miles away.
Thr Pikes Peak Cog Train has been running for over 100 years and to quote ” has carried millions of passengers in safety and comfort on an unforgettable and panoramic trip”.
I’d certainly second that, it was truly unforgettable.
Now I’ve found the brochure, I need to find my photos!