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While on our Colorado Vacay, my partner and I had the opportunity to visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It was truly a delightful experience, making our local [Atlanta] zoo look pretty puny in comparison.
The website advises you that you should buy your tickets online first, which I did. When we got there, it seemed like you could still purchase your tickets on site. So no worries either way! I also didn't read this part while on the website, but they also give you tokens so that when you enter, you can "donate" them to different animals. It was pretty cute!
Entrance x Views!
With the Cheyenne Mountain zoo being located on the side of a mountain, you can get some pretty amazing views from almost anywhere in the zoo. There are even some cleverly crafted look out spots that not only make for great photos but also help make some lasting memories.
We didn't choose to do this, but there's also the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun located a 1.4mile drive from the zoo entrance. It's included in your zoo admission, but we felt it was too steep for our liking that day 😅.
Feed the Giraffes 🍃🦒
One of the highlights of our visit was seeing the giraffes! The zoo has a special area where visitors can get up close and personal by feeding the giraffes, and even get a little tongue action from them [blech lol]. With the lettuce only being $5 for a good bunch, it makes for a truly cool and affordable addition to your zoo experience.
The elephant exhibit at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is pretty decent, and looks like it gave a decent amount of space for the Elephants to roam about. Afterwards, I found out that I think you can feed them too. It just might not have been available at the time of our visit. There is also a platform where you can get an elevated view of the elephants, making for some nice photo opportunities.
There was an area labeled "Rocky Mountains" and showed some of the wildlife native to the, well, Rocky Mountains lol! This area included grizzly bears, tigers, and wolves to list a few. The animals have a decent amount of space to roam around and have their areas designed to resemble their natural habitats. The bears seemed to really enjoy having their pictures taken, though I think one of the attendants had some popcorn "for him", lol.
During our visit, we had the opportunity to learn about some of the ways that the zoo tries to educate it's attendees on it's conservation efforts. From the tokens in the beginning, to areas where you feel like a part of the cause by participating in cute activities. Most of them surrounded on donation-type things, but others let you be creative, like the coloring sheet in the monkey area. The zoo tries to keep a strong focus on sustainability and reducing their impact on the environment. But wait, there's more! The zoo also offers a range of educational programs and activities, from animal encounters to behind-the-scenes tours, perfect for visitors of all ages.
There was an area of crocodiles were two of them were just chilling enjoying the weather. And of course our inner-child-nurturing selves had to spend some taking pics with the statues 😂!
There were a plethora of areas that made you feel extremely close to the animals. Some areas where you could even reach out and touch them, and others where they came out and enjoyed all of the zoo with you! You can literally spend hours just trying to see every area the zoo has to offer.
Overall, our visit to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was a wonderful experience. The beautiful setting, amount of animals, and engaging activities made for quite the memorable day. If you are ever in the Colorado Springs area, I highly recommend a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
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