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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is like no other – 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 you to meet hundreds of animals, some of them up-close and personal! 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, where you can visit a yurt 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 any one of the numerous tables located throughout the Zoo, 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 and allow you to order and be served at the table. 

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

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

See website for exceptions for holidays and special events. *Updated with daily COVID info
Average time

2-4 hours

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There are hundreds of animals, including grizzly bears, hippos, gorillas, giraffe, elephants, a tiger, leopards, orangutans, penguins, African lions, a moose, wolves, and more!

Unfortunately no. We 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 two-seater strollers for rent at the Stroller Hut just a short ways past the entrance. Wheelchair rental is $15 and strollers are $10. They also rent motorized scooters for $30 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.

Yes! You are welcome to bring food into the Zoo, we just ask that you follow a couple of simple rules. No glass. No alcohol. No outside food inside our restaurants. Please don’t feed anything to the animals.

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


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