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Feeding Giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Tiger lounging at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of the top-ranked zoos in the nation, situated on a mountainside overlooking Colorado Springs. Feed their world-renowned giraffe herd, hop alongside wallabies, and feel the powerful roars of the lion pride.

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Have yourself a wild adventure at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a stunning mountainside attraction located at 6,714 feet above sea level and open 365 days a year. This popular Pikes Peak area attraction is home to some of the coolest animals on earth, each ready to make your acquaintance right now!

Enter an enchanting world filled with animals from around the world — and close to home. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo allows guests closer than ever to rare, endangered and native animals! Feed lettuce to the majestic giraffes(one of the largest herds in any zoo), all day every day. Twice a day during warm weather, get in line to feed an apple to an African elephant or a carrot to an Eastern black rhino! Then, balance an adorable budgie on a popsicle stick filled with seeds or feed a fabulous flock of chickens in My Big Backyard. There are also hippos, penguins, wolves, bears, tiger, mountain lions, wallabies, a rhino, a moose, primates, amphibians, insects, birds, elephants … whew! We’re out of breath, but not out of animals. And animals are only the beginning!

Want to soar like an eagle (the Zoo has those, too)? Take a ride to new heights on the Mountaineer Sky Ride and check out amazing views of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. For more earthbound fun, hop on Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s historic carousel, which has 20 jumping horses and two benched “chariots”.

While you can certainly bring a picnic to enjoy at designated picnic tables located throughout the Zoo (no glass containers or outside alcohol), there are also several places to dine on crispy chicken strips, juicy burgers and cold and rich ice cream treats. There’s even some finer dining at Pizza with a View or Rocky Mountain Barbeque Co. (seasonal) which have some of the best views (and brews!) around.

Throughout the year, there are summer camps, customizable Starlight Safaris, overnights and other fun events for kids and adults, plus animal encounters, birthday parties, homeschool opportunities, and so much more. Every day is an adventure, so if you’re local, you should probably look into Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s membership options.

The only way to truly understand what a treasure this mountain-side zoo is, is to see it for yourself! Slather on the sunscreen, load up the water and get ready for a wild animal safari in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Things to know

From $19.75 / person

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily

Advanced timed-entry tickets required
Average time

2-4 hours

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is dedicated to animal conservation and ranks as the #3 zoo in the nation. They have done an amazing job creating habitats for their furry residents and, as such, guests can get closer than ever to rare, endangered and native animals.

Unfortunately no. They love animals, but your pets can startle and stress the Zoo animals. Guests with service animals may tour certain areas of the Zoo with their service animals. Please see the Service Animal Map.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is committed to making the zoo accessible to everyone.  Read more about the Zoo's accessibility here.

They have standard wheelchairs and one or two-seater wagons for rent at the Stroller Hut just a short ways past the entrance. Daily rates are $15 for standard wheelchairs and $16 for wagons. They also rent motorized scooters for $35 per day. You must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license, complete a training at the time of rental and submit a signed waiver, which you can find here.
Prices are subject to change, visit cmzoo.org/visit/accessibility/ for up to date pricing. 

Yes! You are welcome to bring food into the Zoo, they just ask that you follow a couple of simple rules:

  • No glass, alcohol, or outside food in the indoor or outdoor seating areas for their restaurants.
  • Please don’t feed anything you brought to the animals.

Yes! Admission to the Zoo is for the entire day. Please save your receipt for re-entry.


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