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“beats Denver Zoo”

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 December 28, 2013

Very creatively designed a visitor-friendly. Feeding the giraffesis always a highlight! Will get plenty of exercise walking up and down the trails.

Thank Mark L
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a must see zoo especially if you are staying on the area for a few days. The animal exhibits are very well done and the park is very enjoyable to walk around. My kids really enjoyed the giraffe exhibit. I definite stop especially if you like zoos.

1  Thank Mriese2
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Such a great setting for a zoo! Definitely feed the giraffes. Parts of it are walking uphill, but it's fun for everyone and not to big, so easy to do with little ones.

1  Thank chellebellere
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

How many people can say they have fed a giraffe? At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the giraffes walk right up to you, as the walkway is built so that you and the giraffes can see eye to eye. A kiosk at the giraffe area sells the treat of the day. Have your camera ready - reactions of children and adults to seeing a giraffe stick out her long, long tongue to get that treat ... you never know what will happen!

Other animals that you can get almost as close to, but not feed include three meerkat troops, the beautiful red river hogs, four mountain lion siblings, all kinds of reptiles in their new exhibit hall, wallabies, porcupine, and more in the hands on discovery center.

Four elephants have a large, open area to roam, where they are never out of sight. Once again, a suspended walkway allows visitors, even children, to see everything. You might catch them playing in a waterfall, or sliding down a steep sandy hill. In the summertime, keepers have a special area where they bathe the elephants as well as ask for each elephant to do certain things: hold up a foot for inspection, turn around, etc. This area includes a grassy spectator viewing zone, so that you can sit and watch the proceedings. A timid black rhino shares an immense new building with the elephants, and he still prefers the barn to the great outdoors.

The lions are easily visible in their new habitat, too. There is a covered area in front of the lion building, where you can see lions is in their 'day room.' You are within a couple feet of the dozing felines with only a thick glass wall separating you and the lions. There is also a large outdoor area, and again, the visitor can see the lions from multiple viewing angles. You WILL see the lions!

More animals, more buildings, more outdoor areas and the zoo, which incidentally receives NO tax dollars, continues to create better areas for all the animals.

But wait, wait, there is more! Ride the beautiful antique carousel. Eat lunch at the Grizzly Grill - delicious pizza! You can even drive your car THROUGH the zoo, to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a twisty drive to an elevation of 8,136 feet.

The zoo has an excellent website. Do look to see what the hours are, as there are a number of seasonal variations. Several dining/snacking options are open only in the summer.

Remember, too, that this zoo is on the side of Cheyenne Mountain. You will be walking uphill. There are shuttle spots for assistance in getting up that 120 foot elevation gain (think 10 story building), but shuttles depend on weather, and time of year also. There are wagons to rent to pull small children up and around, and wheelchairs for those who need extra help.

We have been zoo members for years, so we visit the zoo frequently. We have been feeding the giraffes for decades, and it is still a lot of fun to watch children squeal as they feed a baby giraffe for the first time.

1  Thank peterandmel
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

My first time at this zoo was when I was 4 years old. I went here with my Dad and Mom. To this day as an adult I still enjoy this zoo. There is a lot to see and do here and it has grown over the years. I am so glad Colorado has this Zoo and our Denver Zoo. This is a place you must go and see while in the Colorado Springs area.

Thank 4katt
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