Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a large complex on the side of a mountain. Laying claim to being America’s only mountain zoo, it sits at an altitude of 6,800 feet (2,100 meters) above sea level. The 140-acre (57-hectare) site is home to more than 800 animals representing over 200 species.
Watch animals in habitats that replicate their natural environments. Go to Encounter Africa to see lions traipsing across savanna grassland and elephants showering under a waterfall. View some of the wildlife from the exhibit’s suspension-style bridge that also looks across to the city of Colorado Springs.
Observe moose, mountain lions and grizzly bears at Rocky Mountain Wild. Find orangutans, naked mole rats and gorillas at Primate World. Stroll through the indoor aviary where more than 100 birds are flying freely, including finches, parrots and budgies.
One of the highlights for many visitors is feeding the giraffes in the African Rift Valley exhibit. For a small supplementary fee you can hand-feed the animals their favorite snacks. If you are into reptiles, stop by the Scutes Family Gallery where there are more than 40 species including lizards, snakes and turtles.
Enjoy some of the zoo’s other attractions and activities. Jump aboard the Mountaineer Sky Ride, a chairlift that provides excellent views of the zoo, mountain and city. Put the children on the 20-horse carousel that dates back to the 1932 World’s Fair, then take them to My Big Backyard. This family play area in the center of the zoo features a nature-themed playground, tree house and small animals such as rabbits, turkeys and a potbellied pig.
The zoo is open all year round from morning until late afternoon, although exact times vary depending on the season. Admission charges apply, but children under the age of two get in for free.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Colorado Springs and car parking is free. While you are in the area, consider camping overnight amid the wild scenery of Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
This luxurious 5000-acre resort is located on the banks of Cheyenne Lake, a short drive from downtown Colorado Springs and its picturesque historic district. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is 2 miles away.
Situated in Colorado Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of El Pomar Carriage Museum and World Figure Skating Museum. Broadmoor Golf Club and Starsmore Discovery Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).
With spectacular views of Cheyenne Mountain and the Rockies as well as Colorado Springs, this lodge-style resort is ideally situated in the midst of one of America's great recreational regions.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Starsmore Discovery Center, Seven Falls, and El Pomar Carriage Museum. World Figure Skating Museum and Broadmoor Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of World Arena, Millibo Art Theatre, and Battlefield Colorado. World Figure Skating Museum and El Pomar Carriage Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).