Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 2.75 mi. w. of I-25 exit 138, then 2 mi. s.w. following signs to 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., claims the distinction of being America’s only mountain zoo and is situated 6,800 feet above sea level. The Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit features grizzly bears, river otters, mountain lions and moose among many other animals. The African Rift Valley exhibit highlights the zoo’s noted giraffe herd. More than 750 animals, including many endangered species, are featured.
Guests can 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. The landscaped grounds also contain an antique carousel and a tot train as well as the Mountaineer Sky Ride, an open-air chairlift providing spectacular views of the Pikes Peak region.
Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
Fri.-Sun. June-Sept. (includes Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun) $24.75; $22.75 (ages 65+); $21.75 (military with ID); $19.75 (ages 3-11); $16.75 (children of military ages 3-18 with ID); 75c (ages 0-2). Mon.-Thurs. June-Sept. and daily Mar.-May and Oct.-Nov. $19.75; $17.75 (ages 65+); $16.75 (military with ID); $14.75 (ages 3-11); $11.75 (children of military ages 3-18 with ID). Rest of year $14.75; $12.75 (ages 65+); $11.75 (military with ID); $10.75 (ages 3-11); $7.75 (children of military ages 3-18 with ID); 75c (ages 0-2). Mountaineer Sky Ride $5; $4 (ages 3-11).
Hours: Daily 9-5. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Mountaineer Sky Ride daily 9-5, May 1-Labor Day; Sat.-Sun. 10-4, rest of year (weather permitting). Last Sky Ride departs 30 minutes before closing.