Special Activities

Since 1891, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been taking thousands of people to the 14,115 ft summit of Pikes Peak. Come explore America's Mountain in comfort and style as you take a guided tour to the summit and back.  This 3 hour and 10 minute trip spans over 8.9 miles of track.

The last 3 miles of the trip are all above timberline.  To the east stretch the Great Plains out beyond the border of Colorado and Kansas. To the south, the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Range stretches south to New Mexico. On the western horizon, just slightly to the southwest, lies the Collegiate Range.  To the southwest, as the base of Pikes Peak, sit the old mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. Once upon the summit, if the weather is clear (and there is not much Denver smog), you can see the skyscrapers of downtown Denver.


Meet in the hotel lobby on Wednesday, July 19th, by no later than 12:00 PM.  The train departs Manitou at 1:20 PM and arrives back at the station at 4:30 PM.


Each group of 25 or more people will receive a discounted rate of $33.00 for adults and $19.00 for kids 3 to 12 years old.

We have three special activities lined up to provide you and your family a memorable time out in breath-taking Colorado.

Explore Colorado Springs' paradise in one magical stop. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.

Come enjoy a free naturalist-led guided walk through the Garden! Guided walks depart from the North Main parking lot of Garden of the Gods Park. Find out more by stopping by the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.

 Join one of our knowledgeable park volunteers on an exciting, naturalist-led walk through Garden of the Gods Park.   Departing at 10am and 2pm daily from the North Main Parking Lot. (weather permitting) Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor and Nature Center to pick a free map at our information kiosk to continue your journey through the park after the walk. If you have time, join us for both the 10am and 2pm walk as the knowledgeable guides all have different areas of expertise.  We hope you can join us!

Hop aboard a luxury bus in front of the hotel with your NIA friends for a tour of the Air Force Academy, Cripple Creek, and more!


After visiting the Air Force Academy we’ll head to historic Cripple Creek for lunch and a great time.  You’ll have several options including the world famous Molly Kathleen mine tour, a ride on the narrow gauge railroad, mining history museum, gambling, and more.  Along the way you’ll learn some history, tall tales, and lots of laughs.  


The bus will leave at 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 20th, and will return to the hotel at approximately 4:00 PM.


Cost is $35.00 per adult and $25 for kids 12 and under. We’ll also have a discounted rate available for the mine tour.

Late breaking news:  This trip is sold out! If you sign up now you *may* be placed on the waiting list (we'll let you know).

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Garden of the Gods Nature Walk

Late breaking news:  This trip is sold out! Sign up now to be placed on the waiting list - if a spot opens up, you'll be contacted.

NIA National  Insulator Show 2017

July 20 - 23 in Colorado Springs, CO

Exciting Day-long Bus Tour