The nation’s highest and only mountain zoo is on the east side of Cheyenne Mountain, at the end of a winding road behind The Broadmoor hotel, which once owned the zoo. Head first to the African Safari exhibit, where you’ll buy and hand-feed crackers to the giraffes at head-height. These tall, gentle giants (the largest breeding herd in the country) accept the crackers with their soft, prehensile tongues. And don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit, where you almost always see mountain lions up close (through glass, not bars), as well as grizzly bears (you might see them catch trout right in front of you), and a resident moose, who munches on branches and hangs out with wild turkeys all day. Don’t forget to ride the antique wooden carousel. For an overview of the zoo and city beyond, hop on the Sky Ride. If you have a few extra minutes, drive on up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, above the zoo on the mountain and included in your zoo admission. It honors the cowboy humorist, who was a friend of the Penroses. The shrine also is the final resting place of Spencer Penrose and his wife Julie.
- Open Hours: May to Sep - Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM, Oct to Apr - Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Animal Life, Educational, Sports and the Outdoors
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