Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

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#1 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to America’s only mountain zoo. Located at 6,800 feet above sea level, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers breathtaking views of the city and of its 750 animals. The unique design of the Zoo’s animal exhibits gets guests closer than ever before. Hand-feed one of the largest reticulated giraffe herds in the world, watch grizzlies swim with trout, hop next to red-necked wallabies and get hands on with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents in The Loft.

Have a wild adventure at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – see the animals, ride an antique carousel, eat a gourmet lunch at the Grizzly Grill and ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride to the Zoo’s summit. Take a look at our Colorado Springs trip planner to schedule your visit to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Aside from being a pretty clean zoo, the way it was built on a mountain side makes even more unique. The paths terrace along the mountain throughout the zoo and gives great views of the terrain below....  more »
  • The traffic driving up was horrible. As we got onto lake ave from heading north on Nevada, we hit a traffic jam. We were worried the parking lot would be full. We tired calling the zoo 3 times, no ans...  more »
  • This is a great zoo. It is on a montain-side at a high elevation though, so might not be for everyone. The exhibits are natural, so sometimes a little hard to see what you re looking for. Restaurants ...  more »
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  • A lovely zoo in the mountains near Colorado Springs. More intimate than your average zoo, with a nice variety of African, Australian, and American wildlife. The highlight of the zoo is absolutely the giraffe feeding. For a few bucks, kids and adults getting the exhilarating experience of feeding lettuce to giraffes by hand! I'm not entirely sure that this would be approved by the strictest animal conservationists, but I can't imagine a way to make humans more excited about preserving wildlife. The zoo is constructed on the side of a mountain, so you get a bit of exercise climbing up the levels it's partitioned into. It's a glorious site to look down upon the city and the previous exhibits as you ascend.
  • This place is great. Be advised though it is a workout. It's on the side of a mountain folks. Which is part of what sets it apart from "flatland zoos". I think it's a plus. I'm disabled and it's doable. For those who need more help getting around they do have golf cart shuttles to help with the elevation changes. There's more stuff to do here than most folks will have energy for in a day. Especially if you're wrangling kids too. Family year pass is a great value if you plan on going more than once a year and have, well, a family. It pays for itself. You will want to come back for more so I recommend considering it. 😜
  • This place is awesome. What a great place to add a zoo. The backdrop view of Colorado springs is amazing. They have a ski lift to make it easier to travel up and down the mountain, mist fans to cool you down, and plenty of areas for real interaction with the animals. Strongly recommend. Well worth the trip.
  • This is the best zoo I've ever been to. It's smaller than the Denver zoo, but somehow seems to have more of each type of animal that they keep. It's built into the side of the mountain so it has a lot of really cool elevated walkways. I would definitely return to this zoo. Make sure you are able to walk around at high elevation before visiting.
  • This zoo was the most magical things my family has ever experienced and worth every penny! If you can avoid bringing a stroller I would recommend that.. the zoo is situated in the mountain and there is a lot of walking up hills. Pay the extra money for the tram ride to the top.. the views are spectacular! Also, the giraffe feeding experience could not be beat. We got 2 bundles of lettuce for $5 and would have gladly bought more!!

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