Colorado Gators Reptile Park, Mosca

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#20 of 58 in Wildlife in Colorado
Colorado Gators Reptile Park was opened to the public in 1990, in Mosca, Colorado, United States. Located 17mi north of Alamosa, Colorado, it started as a tilapia farm in 1977, and now includes a bird sanctuary, reptile rescue, education, and display, and a biodome.A geothermal well on the property creates ponds and wetlands for the alligators, but also provides habitat and food for many water-birds and waterfowl. The "Two Mile Creek Wildlife Habitat" lets visitors view alligators, reptiles, and birds in a natural setting, and to go fishing, boating, and picnicking. Over 125 species of birds have been sighted at the farm.HistoryIn 1977, Erwin and Lynne Young purchased 80acre on which they started a farm to grow tilapia and African perch. The farm includes a geothermal well that is used to keep the water at a temperature appropriate for the fish. In 1987, they purchased 100 1-year old alligators to help dispose of fish-processing waste. The alligators grew, and locals wanted to see them, so the farm was opened to the public in 1990.Over the years, the farm has also become home to many reptiles that are unwanted, abused, and sometimes dangerous, when people discover that they can no longer care for them. One of the goals of the farm is to help educate the public as to the challenges and dangers of trying to keep reptiles as pets.EventsThe farm holds "Gatorfest" on the first weekend in August each year. This is world's first Gator Rodeo and Roundup, and includes roping, riding, and barrel racing.EducationEducation programs created by the Colorado Gators Reptile Park aim to teach people about the biology, behavior, and ecological role of reptiles, as well as which reptiles make good pets and which will eventually get big enough to become impossible to handle. The programs include live specimens such as turtles, tortoises, alligators, snakes, and lizards, some of which the audience is allowed to touch.
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  • August 7, 2017
    OK, it's a bit ramshackle, but that's because all their money goes into taking care of the animals and not into making a Disneyesque park. There is a lot to see and the dedication of the staff is obvi...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Probably one of the last things you expect to find in dry Colorado is a huge alligator and reptile sanctuary. Set in a geothermal area, Colorado Gators created a swamp-ish atmosphere is what is essent...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    We stopped there on the way north from the great dunes to Salide, this place is an awesome stop with the kids, our 11,7,2 years old enjoyed very much, they let you pet a giant turtle, hold a baby gato...  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    This place is a gem. The people here were so nice. Some of the facilities were old and a bit run down, but it's easy to look past and enjoy this place for what it is... AWESOME. They went above and beyond to make sure that my boys had a good time and were so patient with them. They also ensured that we had lots of great photo ops. Thanks for such an awesome time. We got pictures with a small alligator, a few photos with a tortoise, got to pet lots of turtles/tortoises, fished, fed caught fish to giant alligators, and fed fish for free. Such an awesome value. My boys loved it!
  • March 23, 2017
    Visited this place because of close proximity to Great Sand Dunes. If you have time & looking for something to do, then make a visit. Your entrance fee can help maintain this facility. However if time is limited, you can skip it. Facility itself not very big however friendly staffs and willing to make your visit memorable. You got to take pics with a small gator but they also let you use your own camera. No pressure to buy pictures. If you want to take a pic with a snake, you can just ask (apart from pic with gator). If you plan to visit this place, make sure you find a brochure for crocodile gator on a tourist information (hotel or gas station etc), you can get a bucket of gator chow for free. We got it because a friend told us but we saw lots of people didn't know. Kids have fun throwing it to outside gators. If you are looking for something more adventurous, sign up for "wrestling" with gators. We saw 2 guys doing it and they said the experience was worth it.
  • June 26, 2017
    Staff was wonderful! Very helpful and knowledgeable! They have a ton of animals! We stumbled upon it and knew we had to stop for our 7 year old son. He loved it! We all had a blast!
  • May 31, 2017
    This place is great. The albino gators are amazing. Definitely buy the gator chow for $2.00. The plants were also great to walk through during the experience. Highly recommended for families or anyone looking to have fun.
  • April 13, 2017
    Absolutely amazing spot that you cannot miss! Such a fun and unique experience at this unexpected gem in the desert. My husband had an last taking the alligator wrestling class and since it wasn't busy, got a one on one lesson. The kids got to touch, handle and learn about so many various reptiles and insects. Unforgettable experience we are grateful for. Thank you!!!

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