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
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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.
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Sheremi
Columbus, OH18 contributions
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 November 15, 2021
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Elms4
Champlin, MN107 contributions
I love zoos and this was no exception. You do need to buy tickets ahead of time and you won't be able to enter until the time on your ticket. Parking even with the reservations was a little tricky as people arrive early to park and wait till their time.
The giraffes were the highlight of the zoo, lettuce to feed them were $3 for one serving or $5 for two. The giraffes are tame and eat right out of your hand. Very neat to see them up close. The other animals were also fun to see, baby hippo was just born the day before we were there; wallabees were out in the open (behind a roped off area but free to roam); elephants, tigers, rhinos, and many more. We ate at the pizza place (sorry I don't remember the name) and the pizza was excellent. They do have water refilling stations throughout the zoo which is great.
Written July 25, 2021
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STLLUV2TRAV
Saint Louis, MO70 contributions
Family
This is the BEST Zoo I’ve ever visited. I’m used to our FREE St. Louis Zoo so paying $100 for 4 people was a stretch. But I would do it again in a heartbeat. The animals are so close, the facilities are so well kept & the views of the city & mountains were outstanding.

A few things to note: this is on a Mountain so there are LOTS of uphill climbs. We were able to find shade & they had lots of misting fans, but it does get hot. Drink water & wear sunscreen. Bring cash for all of the feeding experiences. We did the giraffes & the birds.

The Sky Ride Ski Lift was a bonus. What a stunning view—just amazing. Our kids were hot after 3 hours at the Zoo, but they loved it!

I expected to spend 2ish hours here & we were there for 3.5 hours and missed one section.
Written July 14, 2022
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Thank you for such a thoughtful review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit, and we hope you can visit again the next time you're in town.
Written July 16, 2022
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Jeremiah Dale Johnson
1 contribution
Family
We stayed at the Great Wolf lodge but needed something else to do so we decided to take the kids to the Colorado zoo. It was good for the most part. You have to pre buy your tickets on line then they scan them at the gate. As soon as they scanned our tickets and was walking through the gate the ticket lady said by the way all the animals are indoors because of the wind. It would have been nice to know that before we paid and drive up there expecting to see all the exhibits. We got to see most of the animals but they were all indoors which took away from the experience. Most all the eating places inside the gate were closed but we were able to find a stand selling dippin dots and cotton candy’s which the kids liked. This would have been a good day for 1/2 price tickets because that’s what I felt like it was worth. Hopefully they will start notifying guests about the all animals being indoor before they pay for the tickets. Had all the animals been on display and everything been open I would have left a 5 but felt this trip was only a 3.
Written April 6, 2022
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Pills&Hills
Granville, OH9 contributions
Family
This is a great zoo, mostly because guests can get very close to lots of the animals. It also had a lot of animals not found at other zoos. The $3 to ride the tram (oversized golf cart) to the top of the mountain and then view the zoo by walking down the mountain was money well spent.
Written August 9, 2022
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Thanks for the review and great advice to future guests! We hope you can visit again soon.
Written August 15, 2022
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Jason B
Ouray, CO6 contributions
I would tell you how the zoo itself was but I couldn't go in because we couldn't park the motor coaches in their parking lot. We drove in past a wooden gate with a sign that said Employee parking and Buses. Then once we offloaded two large motor coaches full of passengers at the zoo entrance and went to park we were told rudely that we would not be allowed to park the two buses on the property. What a thank you for dropping off over 80 paying customers who had already paid for the two tickets for us bus drivers. Wait it gets better! We returned at the agreed-upon time to pick up our passengers at the entrance gate, turned on the flashers, and opened up the doors. We weren't there five minutes before a lady driving a golf car and carrying a walkie-talkie started angrily waving her arms and yelling at us that we had to move our buses. Most but not all of the passengers were on board. So we moved. Then the lady with the golf car zips out in front of the lead bus and parks it in front of it! What? We can't park in their lot, we can't load our passengers after getting chased off, and then she blocks us in? These passengers paid admission, bought souvenirs and snacks and this is how you treat visitors? Give a lady a golf car and a walkie-talkie and...instant power trip.
Written April 29, 2022
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Hi Jason. We appreciate the feedback that you have provided to many of our staff members personally, as well as here. As stated on our website (https://www.cmzoo.org/events-programs/schools-groups/field-trips-self-guided-tours/), we can not guarantee that buses can park in our lot, as we have limited parking. If we allow buses and motor coaches to park in our lot, other guests will not have spaces to park when they arrive for their ticketed time slot. Part of the reason we require advance timed e-tickets is because we know each guest spends an average of 2.7 hours at the Zoo, and that helps us manage the natural rotation of our on-site parking throughout each day. Your group was given this information when they inquired in December 2021. The responsibility falls on the party arranging the visit to share that information with their drivers. We apologize if that information was not relayed to you. When your buses initially pulled up to the Zoo, the spot you chose to unload blocked both pedestrian and vehicle traffic in and out of the Zoo, which is why you were required to move to the designated bus unloading area of the lot. Our employee parked her cart in front of your bus while directing traffic to help direct traffic, and allow your group to leave the lot. We hope this information helps you understand our policies and why they are important.
Written April 30, 2022
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kmcd1114
Boulder, CO136 contributions
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 November 29, 2021
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Lynn L
Atlanta, Georgia67 contributions
This is a wonderful place with a large variety of animals. They are noted for their giraffe breeding program; many were out feeding while we were there. They will come up to the fence where you can gently reach out to touch them. The property goes up the side of the mountain, so be prepared not only for walking, but for walking up hill to see all the exhibits. We spent about 2.5 hours there; could easily have spent more stopping to watch the entertaining critters (meerkats, baby hippo, etc.). Don't miss driving up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, included with your ticket purchase. Well worth the extra few minutes drive and a walk up the stairs of the tower for the views. Advance tickets required; we went when they opened when it was less crowded. Got very crowded (on a Sunday) within an hour of opening.
Written October 16, 2021
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Jay R
Ken Caryl, CO481 contributions
Family
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of the most amazing Zoos I’ve ever visited. The enclosures give the animals some very good living space. Many areas are interactive, making the Zoo that much more enjoyable. On good weather days, you can feed the Giraffes from the elevated boardwalk. Lettuce is available for purchase at $3 for 1 “feeding” (a handful) or $5 for 2 “feedings”. It’s a good idea to make sure you have cash for lettuce before going in so you don’t have to use the ATM by the exhibit to get cash. This is always the most exciting and enjoyable part of a visit to the Zoo. There is also a Budgee walk through where you can feed the birds. There is a Goat petting area that is always popular. There are food/snack vendors throughout the grounds. Remember, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is built into the side of a Mountain, so you will be climbing as you move through the grounds. It’s paved or walkways exist, with minor exceptions. The grounds are wheelchair friendly, except for the person who has to push the wheelchair. You will know you are pushing the wheelchair uphill for sure! As you move through the grounds, the views of Colorado Springs below get more and more amazing. On our most recent visit, we were at the Zoo for almost 4 hours. We are regular visitors and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is an absolutely “must-do”.
Written June 9, 2022
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Jessica H
Grand Rapids, MI1 contribution
Family
When we planned our trip and booked all of our excursions weeks ago, the zoo was the only excursion that had no option to pre-book tickets. We’re here now and the price of a ticket has significantly increased. In addition, you are now required to pre-purchase tickets for a timed entry. Because we didn’t know this, we are now paying over twice the ticket price and can’t even get into the park until half way through the day.
Written June 28, 2021
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM