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“Same old zoo? Try a few of these secrets...”

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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Owner description: Colorado Springs is home to America’s ONLY mountain zoo. Located at 6,800 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 the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

If this is your first time at the zoo or seventh, these secrets will make it more enjoyable! (This is well researched and road tested information from a mom of 3 little kids who visit this zoo monthly, and have been visiting this zoo monthly for the past 6 years.)

Basically you are going to go through the zoo experience backwards - this allows you to see the animals without tons of other people/crowds moving slowly from one area to another. It is helpful to be at the zoo @ 9:00AM, but these tips should apply throughout the day as well.

(Side Note - There is only one ATM in the park, and it is near the giraffes. You can't get money for the carousel, pony rides, chicken feeding, etc. by buying something from the Grizzly Grill or gift shops. So either have a couple of dollar bills on hand or let that be your excuse for your kids when the asking begins.)

START:
1. Pick up a map.
2. Skip Quarters for Conservation - save your quarters for later.
3. Go left heading north on the Road to the Shrine of the Sun. (Everyone else will take up time putting in their quarters, stopping by 2 gift shops, and visiting the giraffes.)
4. Visit the hippos and primate world first.
5. Then visit Rocky Mountain Wild. By the way, you will pass many of the exciting money spending options from the carousel to pony rides on the way to Rocky Mountain Wild. BUT, because you will be passing these before 10AM, they will not be open yet. (And all of the parents say, "Thank you!")
6. Next come back down the mountain, literally. If you have little kids, have them take a bathroom break at The Grizzly Grill and get some energy out at the playground next to Old Gnarly. Have a brown bag lunch to save money, and get ice cream from the Grizzly Grill.
7. Visit the monkey pavilion, bears, and lions.
8. (When open in Fall of 2012) - visit the new Elephant Exhibit.
9. Finish by visiting the giraffes, and putting your quarters in the Quarters for Conservation. (I use the Road to the Shrine of the Sun to exit. This avoids the big gift shop at the end. I tell my kids that we need to "put in our quarters" and they forget all about the gift shop.)

If you have babies or toddlers - I recommend the following: hat, sunglasses, sunblock, water, diaper bag, STROLLER AND BABY CARRIER, dressing your child in layers (the weather is colder on the mountain and in the shade,) and wearing shoes that are comfortable to HIKE in, not just walk in. Seriously - sandals, flip flops, and cute shoes do not apply here. In fact, you will lose them if you wear them on the Mountaineer Sky Ride.

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

What a treat this is for the whole family. Being born and raised in the Springs, I still after all these years never miss a trip to the zoo. I am now the one taking my children. Beautiful place.

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Both my daughters (7 and 15) enjoyed our day here. The giraffe feeding was a unique experience that we all greatly enjoyed. Be warned that this is a more difficult walk than most zoos (especially given the altitude) but if you take your time and drink lots of water it is very manageable.

Thank Macindenver
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Kids loved it, and therefore I did too! A very unique zoo with a lot to offer. Clean restrooms!.

Thank JoBuBa
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Courteous employees, scenery, interaction with giraffes, Chair lift

Thank Bob M
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