Make memories in the comfort and relaxation of our trusted Gray Line buses
on a ride up the stunning 14,115 ft. peak that inspired Purple Mountains Majesty.
After 126 years of adventures to the summit of Pikes Peak, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is taking a small break for repairs and planning for the future. What does this mean for this year’s memories made on top of America’s Mountain? With Gray Line and our 42 years of touring throughout Colorado, you can still experience the fun and excitement of riding up the Peak, as you sit back and let our qualified drivers and tour guides show the way. Start the tour at the historic Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad Depot at 30 S Sierra Madre Street on the western edge of downtown Colorado Springs*. The round trip tour is four hours total with several stops en route for sightseeing and photos. Enjoy thirty to forty minutes at the summit, soaking in the spectacular views, and exploring Colorado from one of the world’s most renowned mountains in the state. Snap photos of breathtaking scenery while making memories that will last a life time, and don’t forget to check out the world-famous donuts.
May 25 – Sept. 30
Four departure times per day:
8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM
Oct. 1 – Nov. 1
Two departure times per day: 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM
(16 and older)
(15 and younger)
As legend has it, Zalmon Simmons, the inventor and founder of Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company, decided in the late 1800s that donkeys were no longer the best way to make your way to the top of Pikes Peak. This idea spurred the Pikes Peak Railway Company to be founded in 1889, and so track construction began.
The first passenger train—carrying a church choir—made it to the summit of Pikes Peak on June 30th, 1891. Meanwhile, tourists were also traveling to the summit along the Pikes Peak Carriage Road, constructed in 1888. When the Carriage Road closed in 1902, Spencer Penrose knew that visitors would still want to make their way up the world famous mountain, and therefore he financed the construction of the Pikes Peak Highway in 1915.
Over the years, Pikes Peak became the second most visited mountain in the world with over 500,000 visitors per year, 300,000 of which head up on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. After 126 years of operation, the railroad infrastructure and equipment were due for some repairs and replacements, and so The Cog has paused services to determine an action plan for the future.
In spring of 2018, the renowned Gray Line Tours company announced that it would step up to fill this void by bringing back their Pikes Peak Highway Day Tours to continue the tradition of much-needed memory making, sightseeing, and exploring this gorgeous mountain in our beloved state of Colorado.
From I-25 take either Exit 141 or Exit 142