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“Free day - not a free day”

Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Mosca
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Colorado Gators began in 1977 as a fish farm. The geothermal well is 2050 ft deep and 87 degrees. In 1987, the first alligators were brought in as 'garbage disposals' for dead fish. Some of these original gators are now 12 feet long. There are many species of reptiles on our farm, most of which come from uninformed pet owners. We take care of these animals and display them for education of the public.
Denver
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Free day - not a free day”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We drove 3 hours out of our way to the Gator Farm because the website said that February 25th was a free day. When we arrived the cashier said that the dates on the website were still from last year - however the website did not show a year. We did not stay. I don't know what the park is actually like but if the website advertises a free day then they should stick to it.

Visited February 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Alligators on the high plains!”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

As we were driving through the snow covered plains of the San Luis Valley in Colorado, I remembered an alligator farm. But why would there be one in this most unlikely place? I must have dreamed it. But then, there it was! So we stopped to find out what it was all about.
Entrance fees are pretty steep -- about what you'd pay at a major zoo. The Colorado Gator Farm is a unique family-run bio park that seems to be running on a shoestring. It is there because of the hot springs that come bubbling up from underground beneath the farm. We were the only folks there on a frosty afternoon, and got a private tour. The alligators were originally acquired to eat the refuse from the tilapia farm, but as locals grew curious about the alligators and started climbing the fence to investigate, the family decided to open a park and charge admission. There are still lots of tilapia, as well as many rescued reptiles, and other animals including ostriches and emus. It is a curiously incongruous place with steamy green-houses and fish ponds. There is a dim exhibit room with snakes, lizards, and tortoises. The Gator Farm makes a good break on the long drive between Buena Vista and Alamosa, and certainly provides a contrast to the surrounding landscape, especially in winter!

Visited January 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
251 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“KIds love it”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

I just gave it 4 stars because our 5 year old loved it. I felt kind of sorry for the animals...doesnt really seem to be managed very well and kind of smelly all over the place...

Visited June 2012
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Orlando, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Incredible”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Who knew that alligators could survived the cold winter! We were the only visitors and get to have a "private" tour. This place is amazing and so unexpected. We spend more than 2 hours and the kids could have stay more. So many creatures to see and our host was very knowledgeable.

Visited December 2012
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Alamosa, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very nice”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

took family there from California they all loved it. We take all our family there when they come to town.

Visited June 2012
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