Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd.

Price & Hours

Prices vary by season
Hours vary by season


Zoos and Aquariums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Animal lovers say that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must if you're visiting Colorado Springs with kids. Located south of the city on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, this facility makes it easy to get up-close to hundreds of furry, scaly and feathery creatures. While here, you can also feed a giraffe, take a spin on the zoo's chairlift-style, open-air ride and snap photos with the zoo's residents during animal encounters. 

Although the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo houses a variety of animals, the giraffes are by far a visitor favorite. Recent travelers loved being able to feed the giraffes, saying it was a great activity for kids and parents alike. The staff also received high marks from visitors, who say they are attentive and informative. Others complimented the zoo's location, saying the views are incredible and the paths are easy to navigate with a stroller or wheelchair. The cost of your zoo admission also includes entry to the Will Rogers Shrine, which sits a little more than 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.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is located about 6 miles south of Colorado Springs. The facility is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peak season (holidays, spring break and June through September) admission costs $24.75 for adults ages 12 to 64, $19.75 for kids ages 3 to 11 and $0.75 for infants 2 and younger. Admission is slightly reduced during non-peak days (March through November) and value days (December through February). Note that some of the zoo's special activities cost extra. There is free parking on-site. For more information, check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo website.

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