Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

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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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  • My husband and I spent a good part of our day at this wonderful zoo. The walk through is well laid out and it was easy to find our way around so that we see all exhibits. We also road the aerial lift....  more
    My husband and I spent a good part of our day at this wonderful zoo. The walk through is well laid out and it was easy to find our way around so that we see all exhibits. We also road the aerial lift....  more »
  • We were at the zoo in the rain/snow. Several shows were not open. But for the most part, animals were viewable. The grandchildren loved feeding the animals! The staff were great! Not many people....  more
    We were at the zoo in the rain/snow. Several shows were not open. But for the most part, animals were viewable. The grandchildren loved feeding the animals! The staff were great! Not many people....  more »
  • This is the best zoo in Colorado! Interesting exhibits, easy to view animals and a great atmosphere. Plus you get to feed giraffes, yay!! 
    This is the best zoo in Colorado! Interesting exhibits, easy to view animals and a great atmosphere. Plus you get to feed giraffes, yay!!  more »
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  • This is by far one of the BEST zoos I have ever been to! It is on the mountain so there is a lot of walking up and down the mountain. It is so worth it though, you are so close to the animals, and the staff is AMAZING!! My party and I were making sure we saw all the animals before we left, a staff member heard us and started listing all the animals. We did discover that we had missed the grizzlies so he got a cart and literally drove us to the exhibit. He went above and beyond and all the staff was so helpful! The facility was clean, and spacious! There are bathrooms everywhere too so don't worry! You should be going to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, what are you waiting for!!
  • Always a great experience - whether you try to see it all, or you just choose to focus on one exhibit/region. Their "Boo at the Zoo" events, along with "Electric Safari" and adult date nights give some variety for zoo visitors. Surprisingly, this zoo is not supported by taxpayer money, but through donations and business profits from the day-to-day operation. I'm afraid the recent attempts to upgrade facilities reflect the careful cost considerations, and sometimes result in smaller scale projects than originally hoped. For example, the new penguin and hippopotamus display is open and it is not what I expected. We are so happy for their return, but the penguins are in such a small area with a smaller view that the exhibit has built in markers outside the building and down the walk for the inevitable lines to get in to the building to see them. I can appreciate that we want to see them, but they may not wish to be seen, but there is nothing advising people to that hiding places are intentional so they will leave them alone and move on either. If you plan to visit, wear good shoes or buy a trolley pass, bring water, sunscreen and a jacket, and make a day of it. The Sky Ride costs extra, but it's an excellent way to relax and see the zoo and city from the air. For animal safety: no straws allowed, no outside food allowed. When you visit be kind to the creatures the zoo is working to help protect and conserve. And make sure others are too - it's never too early for children to learn kindness and respect! 😊
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of the best zoos I've visited - not because of the number of animal types, but because of how close up you are able to get to the animals. I'd never fed or touched a giraffe before, so being able to feed all the giraffes was a new and exciting experience. You can also feed the black rhino and African elephants. I walked amongst wallabies and penguins - another first. Most of the animals have realistic outdoor habitats with exceptional vantage points for zoo visitors. Really nice zoo!
  • My husband took me for my birthday and it honestly was one of the coolest birthdays I have had. Feeding the giraffes is absolutely worth going for. This is a really neat zoo and love how interactive it is. It is a little pricey but again it is really neat. Also check out the giraffe hoover painting on the website. They are really neat. Can't wait to purchase one myself!!
  • My first time here and I loved it. You can feed the giraffes!!! The habitats seemed nice and suitable for the animals, which seemed happy and healthy. Nice little hike as well as the zoo is laid out on a mountain. Nothing too hard, just nice. Just about the right size to not get drained out. My only downfall, which I have with EVERY zoo I have been to, is that some of the animal spaces can be bigger and a little nicer. That being said, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is much better than the Denver Zoo, in my opinion. Great time for $20 entry!!

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