Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Type: Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Animal lovers say that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must if you're visiting Colorado Springs with kids. Located south of the city at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain, this facility makes it easy to get up-close-and-personal with more than 800 furry, scaly and feathery creatures. While here, you can feed an elephant, hold a Burmese python and even watch the animals after hours on a Moonlight Safari.
Although the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo houses a variety of animals, the giraffes are by far a visitor favorite. "Hand-feeding the giraffes is definitely a not-to-miss activity that my kids (and me) were totally thrilled to do," one TripAdvisor user said. "If not for the expense of the lettuce, we would have been at the giraffe enclosure for an hour or more!" However, some wish the zoo relied less on cages and provided a larger, more natural habitat for its animals.
The cost of your zoo admission also includes entry to the Will Rogers Shrine, which sits a little over a mile northwest of the zoo's entrance (along the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway). The shrine was built in the 1930s to commemorate actor Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash in 1935. With an elevation of 8,136 feet, the Will Rogers Shrine provides spectacular views of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. From the beginning of May through Labor Day, you can visit the shrine anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the shrine closes at 3 p.m. during the rest of the year, and unexpected closures may occur due to weather conditions. (Note: Due to severe flooding in September 2013, the Will Rogers Shrine is closed for repairs until further notice.)
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is located about 6 miles south of Colorado Springs. From May 1 through Labor Day, the facility is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and entry is $17.25 for adults and $12.25 for children; the doors close at 5 p.m. during the rest of the year, and admission drops to $14.25 for adults and $10.25 for children. Note that some of the zoo's special activities cost extra. For more information, check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo website.
Nearby Things To Do
North Cheyenne Cañon Park2.9 miles away
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum4.4 miles away
Red Rock Canyon5.0 miles away
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs1.4 miles away
The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel4.6 miles away
Cheyenne Mountain Resort1.9 miles away