Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs: Hours, Address, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Colorado Springs is home to America’s mountain Zoo. Advance tickets are required. Located at 6,714 feet above sea level, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers breathtaking views of the city and of its 750 animals. The unique design of the Zoo’s animal exhibits gets guests closer than ever before. Hand-feed one of the largest reticulated giraffe herds in the world, watch grizzlies swim with trout, hop next to red-necked wallabies and get hands on with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents in The Loft. Have a WILD adventure at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – see the animals, ride an antique carousel, eat a gourmet lunch at the Grizzly Grill and ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride to the Zoo’s summit. Visit 365 days a year for family fun at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The Zoo may close early for special events. Visit cmzoo.org/visit for daily hours and early closure information.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Joanna F
Houston, TX7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
One of my favorite zoos ever visited! The animals look so happy and healthy! The giraffe feeding was our favorite part and the lift (additional charge) has some amazing views! The zoo spirals up a mountain which is very fun to walk up and down. Make sure to wear comfy walking shoes, buy the lift tickets at the ticket booth and have cash for the numerous feedings throughout the zoo.
Written 3 January 2022
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rylansmimi
Mansfield, TX10 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
We love visiting Colorado Springs and the Cheyenne Zoo is always a highlight during our vacation. Wonderful experience for adults as well as kids.
Written 31 December 2021
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Tracey C
Colorado151 contributions
May 2021
It is so neat to walk around a zoo that does not feel like a zoo, but rather a home for rescued animals! Of course, my favorite like probably everyone's, is feeding the giraffes! The sloths literally hanging out on the ropes above were really cool.
Written 15 December 2021
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Thank you for your review, Tracey! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope you can visit again soon.
Written 18 December 2021
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dm
1 contribution
Nov 2021
The zoo itself is great....however, if you are planning to buy a membership pass...pass, unless you live really close and don't want to attend the special events using your membership. I started trying to book tickets for the electric safari for my group right away on my pass. They limit the number of member tickets. But if you are willing to purchase them under non-member and pay AGAIN, you can get the tickets you want. Sad, very bad protocol! I will say the lady in the membership office was as helpful as she could be, however I still could not get the dates I needed to make it work for our working/school attending parents and children.
Written 30 November 2021
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Steven L
Odessa, DE237 contributions
Nov 2021
We weren't sure what made this zoo different from many others that we had been to, but we had a couple hours with nothing to do, so we stopped by. The zoo is literally built into a side of the mountain. It was definitely a unique set-up. The mountain terrain seemed to make the animals happy, and it offered us a better viewing angle to see the various animals in their enclosures. Zoo staff was friendly and helpful, and they let us get close to several animals, like the beavers and penguins. Tigers were pretty cool, along with more native animals like bears and moose. It was a good time.
Written 29 November 2021
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kmcd1114
Boulder, CO134 contributions
Nov 2021
So many wonderful things about this zoo! We were luck enough to go on a Wednesday morning with our grand daughter who was visiting from another state, when CO kids were in school. It was not very crowded. Feeding the giraffes was AMAZING! you can buy handfuls of lettuce for $5, well worth it! such a great experience for children & adults. The wallaby's & penguins were out of their pens and interacting with the visitors! Feeding the parakeets was also fun( although a little loud in the enclosure) Personally my favorite exhibit was the reptiles. It has a vert modern & artistic feel, something I have never seen before. I feel the zoo really puts the focus on a select group of animals , as opposed to having more animals with less exposure. Highly recommend especially if you can get there on a weekday in a slower season
Written 29 November 2021
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Bee80204
Denver, CO3,776 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
What’s more fun than a zoo on a lovely Colorado day? We bought tickets online the night before and headed down. The drive was not bad and we arrived early. There was a free vaccine and flu shot clinic in the parking lot. Luckily the lot was large enough and we found parking. Hung out by the entrance until it was our time slot and went to the ticket counter to get checked in and a stamp placed on our hand. Walked up the ramp to the attendant at the checkpoint and then we were in!
If you need a restroom there’s one at the gift shop right there. But there were others scattered around the zoo and enough of them that it was very convenient. Also water fountains and water bottle filler stations. They do offer a ride in their extended golf cart if you are not able to walk as far which is nice. And there are shuttle stops along the route.
We went to the giraffes first as they are fun to feed. Bought two feeding portions and walked right up to the fence. The giraffes come to you and are inquisitive and a little greedy. If you don’t watch it they’ll eat your hand with the lettuce. Slobber all over it too. They don’t play around. Hand sanitizer is available afterwards. Watched a giraffe try to dominate another. There’s an older giraffe in a pen by himself so don’t forget to feed him too.
Walked to the next exhibit which was meerkats and there’s a baobab tree you can go into with displays and look out windows. Pretty neat. It was fun to wander around and look at the different animals. I always feel torn about zoos. I love seeing the animals but I hate seeing them in cages. Here it looks like they have ample room for the most part but the large primates look so sad. One just slumped against the glass. For the most part the animals looked well cared for and seemed to enjoy the attention.
There are places to eat along the way - from snack shacks to a restaurant. The sky ride was shut down so we didn’t get to go up. It’s cool to ride it and look down at the bears. Right now you have to climb the tower and walk along the path to look at them. There’s an elevator if you don’t want to use the stairs. I hadn’t seen the goat display before. You can get pellets to feed the goats by hand or using a pulley device. It’s so fun for the kids to be able to feed the giraffes, budgies, chickens and goats. There are also hands on experiences at The Loft. These range from interacting with animals or caring for them. Come visit!
Written 17 November 2021
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Hello Bee, and thank you for the great review! I did want to help clarify one thing. We occasionally hear feedback like yours in regards to our primates “looking sad” – people assume that since gorillas, orangutans and some gibbons look so much like us, they have the same facial expressions, but this is not the case. For example, if you see a gorilla smile, it actually means they are upset or agitated, and a gorilla yawn often is an expression of aggression. Our gorillas, on the other hand, spend a great deal of time relaxing, eating, exploring their exhibit or playing with enrichment. Of all of those things, they really like relaxing throughout the day, which is something wild gorillas do a great deal of, too. Our staff is constantly monitoring our animals' behavior, and if there is any indication that they aren't happy or healthy, they take action to change that. Thank you for providing your feedback - we're happy to hear that you care about our animals as much as we do!
Written 22 November 2021
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Sheremi
Columbus, OH18 contributions
Oct 2021
This was my very favorite part of our weekend trip to Colorado Springs! The zoo is in the mountains and there are opportunities to interact with the animals. We bought tickets online, which I highly recommend during Covid, because they limit the number of visitors. We went in the morning when the park opened, which is a great time because they feed the animals so they are out and active. You can feed the giraffes, pet the walabees, feed and hold birds, and get up close with penguins. We watched the lions play and eat breakfast. Don't miss this experience when visiting Colorado Springs!
Written 15 November 2021
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Steve
Houston, TX126 contributions
Nov 2021
We visited in the off season which had its advantages and disadvantages. Minimal crowds, but some experiences were not available. Due to the low crowds we were able to get up close with the wallabies, and penguins. We got to feed the giraffes, but the elephant and rhino feedings were not offered. We also did not get to take they skyline ride because it was only open on weekends. Another good thing was the weather. The animals were all out and active due to the nice weather we had. As a bonus my wife was able to feed a hippo! We had lunch at the pizza place and the margarita pizza was very good. The staff was friendly. The Will Rogers tower was open, I recommend driving up and checking out the view. all in all a fun day at the zoo.
Written 8 November 2021
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Rowan F
5 contributions
Oct 2021
Did the Rhino feeding experience, Elephant feeding experience, and fed the Giraffes MANY times haha! Do them!! All the keepers were fantastic! On the day we got married we came here to have an experience with Poe the Raven and shoutout to her keeper who was AMAZING! He was very kind and we had a blast. So fun and educational! Amazing to be up close with these amazing animals and have these hands on interactions, gave me memories I will never forget! The enclosures are all amazing, all the animals have plenty of enrichment and mental stimulation and you can tell all their keepers adore them! The BEST zoo I've been to. They have an amazing quality of life. I'm glad to support a great place like this!
Written 2 November 2021
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