Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s ONLY mountain zoo and home to one of the largest giraffe herds in the world! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has amazing views, a large collection of incredible animals, hands-on learning activities and much more. Your family will love this adventure!
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|Open Daily 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Last admission sold at 4:00 p.m.)
(*Note, not all animals are on display until 5:00 p.m.)
Children (2 & Under)
From Interstate 25:
– Exit I-25 on Exit 138 and head west on Lake Ave. toward E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
– At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit and stay on Lake Ave.
– Continue onto Old Broadmoor Rd.
– Continue straight onto W Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
– Slight left onto Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s ONLY mountain zoo and home to one of the largest giraffe herds in the world! Come for amazing views, a large collection of incredible animals, hands-on learning activities and so much more! Your family will love this adventure and remember it for years to come!
A typical visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo should take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours. Want to make a full day of your trip? Then add grabbing a bite to eat, checking out their fun pony rides, classic carousel, and other added activities. It’s easy to make your trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and all-day opportunity for learning and fun with your family!
Check out Cheyenne Mountain Zoo‘s newest and biggest addition in the Zoo’s history. You’ll love the elephants, black rhino, meerkats and lions. They love their new, award-winning digs overlooking Colorado Springs! Feel like you’re walking through the African savanna on one side and turn around to see the incredible view overlooking Colorado Springs on the other!
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a great day of family fun in Colorado Springs! With so many animals, attractions, food and fun, your kids will forget they are walking on the side of a mountain! Click the Details and FAQs pages above to learn more about the fun things to do at the zoo or visit their website for all the best information, including what’s new at the zoo!
Spanning over 70 acres, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been ranked the 5th best zoo in the nation by tripadvisor! Did we mention that it’s America’s ONLY mountain zoo? That means views of Colorado Springs from every angle! With over 950 animals, you’ll be sure to find something furry, scaly, feathered and NEW that you’ve never seen before!
Amur tigers, Pallas’ cats and the rare Amur leopards love the weather here in Colorado Springs! So, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo built them native-like habitats that allow them to explore and live in an enriched environment full of logs and various crevices. This means, these guys love to play!
Connect with the wild heritage of the Rocky Mountain region! These exhibits offer surprising, engaging and memorable encounters with moose, mountain lions, Canadian lynx, North American river otters, grizzly bears and bald eagles.
From the Will Rogers Shrine to the Mountaineer Sky Ride, their classic carousel to pony rides, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has something extra for children of every age!
Chances are, you’re not the only one who wants to know. Many of our visitors have the same questions. Browse the list below to find the answer you’re looking for.
I have an animal that I don’t want; will you take it?
It depends on the species and whether or not it fits into our Master Plan. Usually, this is not the case. We can refer you to a rescue center that may be able to help. Occasionally, we may post your unwanted pet on our Zookeeper Break Room message board to see if one of our keepers is interested in adopting the animal. You may also refer to the Pikes Peak Humane Society at 719.473.1741.
I found an injured baby bird or mammal. What should I do?
Call a local 24-hour helpline at 719.475.WILD (9453) or visit their web site at www.wildforever.org for instructions on what to do if you find a baby bird or small mammal. They also have contact information to help you with animals that they do not handle such as large game animals (adult deer, bears, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, moose, etc.), bats, domestic animals and deceased animals.
Will you accept donated meat that I have leftover?
For safety and health reasons, we only accept USDA inspected meat. It must be in the original wrapper and cannot be expired. If it does not meet these criteria, we can refer you to rescue centers and/or rehabilitation centers that may or may not accept your meat.
Can I bring food items in with me while I visit the Zoo?
Yes, you are welcome to bring any food, coolers, etc. Please refrain from bringing in any glass or alcohol. Outdoor seating can be found at various locations around the Zoo with the main Picnic Area near the Carousel. View the Zoo Map.
I lost my membership card. Can I still come to the Zoo?
Yes. The admissions gate has a listing of all of our members. Simply show a photo ID and you will be admitted. You will need to request a new card to use for the remainder of your membership.
To order a new card, call our membership office at 719.633.9925, ext. 130. The charge is $5.00.
Can I drive to the shrine without going through the Zoo?
No. There is only one road to the shrine, and the admission cost for the Zoo always includes access to the shrine (when open). If you are a member, you may drive up during regular Zoo hours (up to an hour before closing) at no extra charge.
How many hours does it take to go through the Zoo?
That completely depends on you. If you were to see everything at a fast pace, it would take approximately an hour and a half. To stop and enjoy your favorite animals and have lunch or a snack, it takes an average of three and a half hours. The Zoo is a wonderful relaxing place to wander through, so we suggest allowing ample time to take advantage! Please visit our Self-Guided Tours page for some suggested routes.
Can Zookeepers go into areas with the animals?
Respect for animal and zookeeper safety is our utmost concern. Therefore, it depends on the individual animal and/or species.
For example, we work “protected contact” with Zoo elephants. We do not go in with great apes; they’re too large, strong and dangerous. We can go in with some birds, reptiles and small mammals when necessary. We do not go in with the tigers, leopards or lions. We avoid going in with most primates because they are not comfortable with us being in their enclosures and can carry diseases that are transmittable to humans (and vice versa).
We also have a “two-person rule” whenever we’re going to enter an enclosure with most animals. This is a safety rule so that no one is ever alone with a potentially dangerous animal. (Most exotic animals – even the ones we go in with – are potentially dangerous.)
Don’t animals get bored just sitting around all day?
They certainly can become bored – especially the more intelligent ones. That’s why we have extensive training and enrichment programs. The zookeepers spend a lot of time every day giving the animals things to do that mentally stimulate them and elicit natural behaviors.
You may see sheets, boxes or bags in with the primates. They love to play with and explore these items. Carnivores and some raptors may have bones to pick at or chew on. Lots of the animals (elephants, cats, bears, primates and other small mammals) get scent enrichments, too. These may include various perfumes, other animal scents and spices.
Training programs are also important, not only to keep the animals stimulated, but also for medical reasons. We can collect blood from elephants and tapirs simply by “asking” them to hold still. Some of our great apes are trained to accept routine inoculations. Come see some training and enrichment in action at our animal shows and happenings. These are just a few examples of the training and enrichment programs we have for the animals.
Is the carousel operating today?
The carousel operates May through Labor Day. However, if we have seasonally warm weather during the off season, we try to open it up. Call ahead to find out if the carousel will be operating the day you want to visit (in the off-season).
Can we bring pets into the Zoo or to the Shrine?
We love all animals. However, your pets are not allowed in the Zoo or at the Shrine because they can startle and stress the Zoo animals. Visually impaired visitors may tour certain areas of the Zoo with their assistance dog. To schedule a tour with you and your assistant dog, please contact Guest Services in advance at 719.633.9925, ext. 121.
Can I cash a personal check?
You may purchase your admission tickets with a personal check from a bank in Colorado. You will also need to present a driver’s license. We do not give cash back on personal checks
Do you accept out of state checks?
No. We only accept in-state checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Can we go out and then come back in?
Yes. Admission to the Zoo is for the entire day. Please save your receipt!
I want to be a Zoo veterinarian. Can I volunteer with the Zoo Vets?
The Veterinary Department accepts Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician interns. Our Veterinary Internship is only offered to fourth-year veterinary students. These are students who are enrolled in a veterinary college or veterinary technician program. Acceptance is competitive. Please send a resume and letter of interest to the Zoo, Attn: Vet Department, to be considered. Additional animal programs such as Keeper Shadows, Keeper Interviews and zookeeping Internships are offered, along with a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Zoo.