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Tickets, Hours Directions
Welcome to America’s only mountain zoo! Named 6th-best zoo in the nation in 2015. Hand-feed giraffes and budgies, experience animals up-close, and witness a view like no other! We re open 365 days a year, so whether you re planning your first Colorado Springs vacation or returning to experience more of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, we re happy to have you!
- Check back here for special notices, closures and important announcements.
Hours of Operation
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open 365 days a year, and welcomes visitors to explore and enjoy the animals. Be sure to remember, with the exception of some special events and holidays, the last admission is always at 4 p.m.
Please note: Mountaineer Sky Ride hours are different than Zoo hours of operation.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)
Please note that not all animals will be out on exhibit until 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: 9 a.m. 3 p.m. last admission 2 p.m. last Sky Ride 2:30 p.m. Shrine Road closed.
Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. 3 p.m. last admission 2 p.m. last Sky Ride 2:30 p.m. Shrine Road closes 2 p.m. Electric Safari CLOSED.
Christmas Day: 9 a.m. 3 p.m. last admission 2 p.m. last Sky Ride 2:30 p.m. Shrine Road closed, Electric Safari 5:30 8:30 p.m.
New Year s Eve: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. last admission 2 p.m. last Sky Ride 2:30 p.m. Shrine Road closes 2 p.m. Electric Safari 5:30 8:30 p.m.
New Year s Day: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. last admission 2 p.m. last Sky Ride 2:30 p.m. Shrine Road closed, Electric Safari 5:30 8:30 p.m.
All other holidays: Normal hours
Note: The Will Rogers Shrine is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year s Day.
Special Event Hours
From time to time we offer special events at the Zoo that require us to close early to set up.
Boo at the Zoo.
During select October weekends, the Zoo will close at 3 p.m. (last admission at 2 p.m. with guests exiting at 3 p.m.), the last Sky Ride at 2:30 p.m. and the Shrine Road closes at 1 p.m. The Zoo will reopen for Boo at the Zoo at 4 p.m. (A separate admission fee is charged for Boo at the Zoo.)
During many non-holiday December evenings, the Zoo will close at 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.) and reopen for Electric Safari at 5:30 p.m. (A separate admission fee is charged for Electric Safari.) Please note, holiday hours may vary. Electric Safari is CLOSED on Christmas Eve.
Please see our Zoo Events Listings for the exact times and dates of these and other special events.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo operates independently of local tax support. That means we depend on admission fees, membership dues, donations and grants for funding. By visiting, you ll not only experience amazing animals, you ll be helping to care for them. Your Zoo admission also includes an admission to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun for that day.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Admission
March–November (non-peak days*)
Quarters for Conservation
75¢ of every Zoo admission goes directly to Quarters for Conservation (Q4C). Q4C is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo s program to directly fund new and existing wildlife conservation programs in our region and around the globe. Click to learn more about Q4C .
Know when you re coming?
Buy your specific date admission eTickets now to save time! (Military discount is not available for online ticket sales at this time.)
**The Military Discount is offered to all active duty, veteran and retired military personnel any day of the year. Bring any of the following to qualify for the discount for you and your dependents living in the same household:
- A valid military / retired military ID
- A copy of your DD214
- Your state driver s license printed with veteran indicator or military identifier
- Your ID issued by the VA, VFW or American Legion
The military discount for general Zoo admission is $3 off normal rates.
This discount cannot be combined with other offers. A valid military ID is required upon purchase.
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover and in-state personal checks with a valid ID.
Pre-Purchase Gift Tickets
Pre-purchase Zoo admission tickets to give as gifts either as eTickets or as paper tickets that can be sent to you by U.S. Mail:
For gift eTickets click here
For gift paper tickets click here
Discover ways to save, special promotions and coupons here !
Group and School Admission Discounts Information
Find out about school group visit rates and procedures, as well as discounts for general groups of 15 or more here !
View the Zoo Tours page for information on a variety of Zoo explorations programs and tours.
Special or Marketing Event Admission Prices
Special admission prices often apply to special events, please see the individual event listings on the Zoo Events page for details.
The Zoo is a wonderful place to hold your special event, view available catering and event rental s pricing and details .
Directions to the Zoo
Located in southwest Colorado Springs on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is situated just above (to the west) of The Broadmoor.
Driving directions to the Zoo from I-25 :
- Take exit 138 (Circle Drive).
- Go west on Lake Avenue, toward The Broadmoor Hotel.
- Turn right at the hotel roundabout and follow the signs to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
GET GOOGLE MAPS printable or map w/driving directions
Accessibility Special Needs
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is committed to making the Zoo available and accessible to everyone.
Please visit our Accessibility and Special Needs page for detailed information on wheelchair and stroller rentals, service animal guidelines and assistance, Zoo elevation and getting around the Zoo, Zoo transportation, and parking to assist you with your visit.
Where to Stay and Play
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