Close to the Cheyenne Mountain zoo and included in the admission price to the zoo.
The shrine is dedicated to the cowboy and homourist who died in a plane crash in 1935.
It is located in a beautiful area and affords great views of Colorado Springs.
This is a really nice zoo. It's built into the side of a mountain, so walking around will wear you out a little, but the views are excellent.
9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults 12 to 64: $14.25
Seniors 65+: $12.25
Children 3 to 11: $7.25
This zoo is located on Cheyenne Mountain. It's very proud of the fact that it's one of 5 accredited zoos in the country that don't get any taxpayer money. Some of the exhibits are of the old-fashioned cage variety, and that's very depressing. However, the zoo is making an effort to improve the facilities for the animals. They have a nice giraffe exhibit where you can feed the giraffes, and they have nice gorilla, orangutan, and chimpanzee enclosures. The zoo has tigers, lions, bears, 2 elephants whose enclosure really needs to be improved, and various other animals.
At 6,800 feet, this is the highest zoo in the world. It combines a collection of over 700 species with great views of Colorado Springs and the plains. It covers 146 acres. Check out the primate house. Another high point is the giraffe exhibit, where you can buy food for the animals. This is your chance to get really up close and personal with the giraffes. And everyone loves the cute and playful meerkats.
Weather permitting, be sure to ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride, which offers the best views.
While visiting family in Colorado, we headed down to Colorado Springs to visit this beautiful zoo. There is another zoo in Denver, but the locals all recommended Cheyenne Mountain because of its location – set on the side of a mountain providing for beautiful views of the area and a cooler feel during the hot summer (Denver’s zoo is in the city).
The zoo was easy to find with our GPS, although there were also plenty of signs. Parking was free and there were lots of open spaces, but we were there just before opening.
The various enclosures for the animals were nicely done and the animals all seemed not to notice the people looking at them (except for the giraffes that are used to being fed lettuce and special crackers by the visitors). As we wandered through the zoo, we were slowly making our way up the mountain on a trail that then leads us back down the hill. The climb wasn’t strenuous since it very gradual. The few steep places have both steps and elevators to get to the next level.
We got there early so we were able to watch the giraffes come out of their house into the enclosure. This was a fun since they open up a bridge that is part of the pedestrian walkway for the animals to walk through. Then the keepers give everyone lettuce and crackers to feed the giraffes. Inside the house, we caught a glimpse of a brand new baby giraffe – still very tall at only a couple weeks old. We also were able to chat with some volunteers that were holding a baby kangaroo.
As the day progressed it got hotter so we had trouble finding some of the animals since they were in their homes or more obscure shady sections of the enclosures. But we had the opportunity to see many of the animals at the zoo, giving us a fun day. We also cooled off in the children’s section with a misting machine. And my grandson’s favorite part was riding this little train – twice!
There are lots of opportunities to purchase lunch, although we brought a picnic and enjoyed our meal while watching the tigers.
Admission was $18/adults and $13/children 3-12 (under 3 is free) – 2013 prices.
Overall, we had a wonderful day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and I wouldn’t mind going back again. It is a beautiful and very peaceful location where we never felt crowded.
The zoo is awesome! It is placed on the side of a mountain, so I think you start from the top and work your way down or something like that--there is a little bus that can take you through--even up and down-hill. The giraffes are one of the highlights.
And the view from the zoo is extrordinary!
One of Colorado Spring's hotspots of activity. Nestled on the slopes of Cheyenne Mountain, just below the infamous "Gold Camp Road" and Buddhist temple, snug in the middle of elegant housing communities just above the richy-rich Broadmoor, is a pretty elaborate zoo that allows close spaces in getting to know the animals. 146 mountainous acres with close to 800 animals of every variety. Also has a skyride and a restaurant. Originally founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals that originally started out south of town where Fort Carson's Turkey Creek Ranch now exists. In 1938 the zoo was established as a non-profit public trust for the people of Colorado Springs to "provide recreation, education, conservation and scientific facilities in the field of zoology and related subjects, and to preserve the Zoo in perpetuity for the people of the Pikes Peak region." The zoo goes out of their way to make each attendee an active participant. Many of the animal areas for the animals that aren't threatening to humans, are open-aired with little to no fences like the kangaroos, the giraffe's, peacocks, and other critters. A little pricey but a wonderful experience. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cheyenna Mountain Zoo isn't the best zoo I've ever visited, but considering it's relatively small size it's well worth a visit. It's kind of an odd combination of older, less spacious, and less imaginitive exhibits along with some much newer and better ones. The giraffe exhibit in particular is excellent because the layout allows visitors to get righ up close to the giraffes and feed them. A word of warning though: Bring comfortable shoes because the zoo is on a mountainside and has some very steep walkways. It is also quite expensive unfortunately.
Set on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, the setting for the zoo is spectacular. There are a lot of animals to see in the zoo. You will have a chance to see a lot of the larger animals such as giraffes, bears, and the big cats.