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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

28 Mar 2024    Things to do    Emma Adamson

Also known as America’s only mountain zoo and ranked as the #5th Best Zoo in North America by US TODAY, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo holds a special place in the heart of the people of Colorado Springs. Here, you will not only get to see wildlife, but you will also learn about these animals through interaction.

From domestic animals such as goats and chickens, to giraffes, rhinos, and elephants, you can find all types of animals here. This is one of the best ways to experience wildlife in its true essence along with various other things to do around the city.

The most amazing part of the zoo is its location. It is located on the mountainside overlooking the beautiful city of Colorado Springs. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to around 30 endangered species. Get a chance to feed the animals, too, making you see how gentle they really are.

It is definitely a unique zoo experience to have it located in the mountains. You don’t just get to experience wild animals, but you also get a chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city.

But that’s not all that this zoo is about. They have an impeccable vision about the future of this zoo. They have plans of making improvements by replacing old exhibits and buildings. The vision is to bring as much as knowledge they can to people about wild animals and their natural habitat.

In today’s blog, we will be showing you the many different kinds of animals in the zoo and the kind of fun activities you can be a part of in the process of understanding them better. Keep reading!

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Photos

But wait! Before we dive into this amazing experience, let us give you a reflection of what this unique zoo looks like through their amazing photos. Fall in love with the wonderful animals and wildlife!

cheyenne mountain zoo
cheyenne mountain zoo
cheyenne mountain zoo
cheyenne mountain zoo

 There’s more…here are some pictures of the animals that call the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo home. Have a look: 

Cheyenne mountain zoo  Amur Leopard Cubs
Cheyenne mountain zoo   Giraffes
cheyenne mountain zoo  Grizzly Bear
cheyenne mountain zooAfrican Penguin
cheyenne mountain zoo Hippo
cheyenne mountain zoo Von Der Decken’s Hornbill  

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Map

Get your way around the zoo without any hassles, here is a detailed map of the zoo for your reference.

cheyenne mountain zoo map

Things to do in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

There are several things to do in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo along with your family and friends. Some of the most amazing things you do:

  • Mountaineer Sky Ride: To get a wonderful bird’s eye view of the mountain zoo and Colorado. The ride is open throughout the year, depending on the weather. Here is a little more information on the ride: 
Operational Timing Price (Combo pack – upon admission to the zoo)
May 1st – May 8th (Labour Day) 9 am – 5 pm
  • $4 – adults
  • $3 – children


  • $5 – adults
  • $3 - children
September – April (weekends only) 10 am – 4 pm  
  • Feed the elephants: Feed elephants at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. You can get to experience this amazing activity during the months March through October. Be a part of scheduled feeding sessions and get in touch with nature in a unique way – and that too by just spending between $8 to $10 (can increase depending on how much you would like to feed them).
  • Pizza with a view: Get served European style pizza goodness with a breathtaking view. Not only pizzas, enjoy their fresh salads and locally crafted beer. The best part you ask? Well, they have amazing vegetarian and vegan options, as well. It is operational throughout the year from 11am to 5 pm.
  • Spend the night in the wild: Imagine spending a night in the zoo getting to experience the most amazing things such as feeding giraffes, guided evening tours, and lots more? Well, here you can experience all this!
  • Grizzly Bear Demonstration: One of the most popular activities in the zoo includes that demonstration of behaviors and training patterns of the two male bears – Digger and Emmet. They are just a few steps away from the visitors so they can get to educate themselves about the bears. The demonstration takes place every day at 2:45pm.
  • Take a V.I.P Tour: If you are someone who wishes to experience the zoo in a more personalized way, get a day’s admission to the zoo and witness everything from a golf cart. Including a guided tour, a Safari Trail, and feeding the animals from behind the scenes.

    These are just some of the most amazing things you can do at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. When you visit here, you will not only get to experience the nature but you will also get to learn about the many wonderful things it has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long does it take to walk through the CMZoo?

It depends on whether you want to take a quick tour of the park or if you are someone who wishes to enjoy snacks and have a more laid-back experience. For a quick tour, it may take you 1-1/2 hours, and for a more relaxed tour it may take you as long as 3-1/2 hours.

2. What is the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ranked?

It is ranked #4 zoo in North America

3. How many elephants are at the Zoo?

There are 5 female African elephants at the zoo. And all 5 of them are artists. They make paintings with their trunks.

4. Does the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo have gorillas?

Yes, they have 5 Western lowland gorillas.

5. Does the Zoo have Electric Safari?

Yes, they do. In fact, they are the only place in Colorado Springs where you can see over 85 unique sculptures while celebrating Christmas with the animals.