Located at the top of Monarch Pass, the Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway is the oldest working tram in Colorado. It was built in 1966 and takes passengers from 11,312 feet above sea-level to a peak that’s more than 12,000 feet in elevation. Once at the top, riders can get out and explore panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from an overlook, including 14ers like Tabeguache Peak and Mount Shavano. If it’s a clear day, even Pikes Peak is visible – which is around two hours away by car.

Photos by: Stephen Martin, @explorewithmedia (IG)

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One view from the overlook. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin, @explorewithmedia; IG.

This tram is also a great means of accessing several high-altitude hiking and biking trails. Be cautious of the weather before planning your trip though. This destination tends to get 350 inches of snow or more per year.

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Monarch Crest Tram. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin, @explorewithmedia; IG.

One unique aspect of this tram is that it’s pet-friendly. This allows dog-owners to bring their furry companion to the trails at the top. According to the official tram website, a leash is recommended for the ride.

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Ollie, @explorewithollie, enjoys a ride on the Monarch Crest Tram. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin, @explorewithmedia; IG.

If you’re interested in planning a visit, you’ll find this tourist attraction approximately 25 miles away from Salida. If you’re headed over Monarch Pass, this is a great top to make along the way. There are associated fees that vary – for most, it’s $10 per rider. If the weather allows, the tram stays open until November.

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The view from the Monarch Crest Tram. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin, @explorewithmedia; IG.

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