Don’t expect a classic flatlander-style zoo when you come
to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The exhibits are fit into the mountainside and
the animals range from emus and wallabies in the Australian Outback exhibit to
moose and mountain lions in the Rocky Mountain wilderness section.
You can see
the exhibits walking around, but getting into the chairlifts on the Mountaineer
Sky Ride provides a special overview.
You’ll find chances for the kids to feed giraffes and
other animals. They may remember this zoo forever, if you book an animal encounter
with a tiger, moose or other animals, or arrange a painting session with an orangutan.
Will Rodgers Shrine
A visit to the Will Rodgers Shrine, 1.4 miles up a scenic
road, is included in the cost of a zoo ticket. The shrine was built by Spencer
Penrose, who built The Broadmoor and the zoo as a tribute to humorist Will
Rodgers. Built from a single piece of stone, the structure has neither nails
The view from the 80-foot high observation tour
encompasses Colorado Springs and the plains beyond. Inside the shrine there’s a
Historical Room where you’ll learn much about the early development of the Pikes
Peak region, and rooms with a photographic history of this humorist that keep the nation laughing.
The zoo sits almost 7,000-feet above sea level, so take
your time walking around to view the animals. There is a zoo shuttle, for those
who don’t want to do a lot of walking. The
shrine is even higher.
At this altitude, it’s important to keep hydrated, so
make sure you and the kids have plenty of water.