Mini Adventure: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Spring break in Colorado is like, (insert snowflake!) Whoa! Husband had the week off so we planned a couple stay-cation activities, and one thing on the tippy top of that list was going to Colorado Springs to see the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! It did not disappoint!
We LOVE visiting the Denver Zoo here in town, and are SOOOO LUCKY to have family and friends who have memberships so we are blessed to be tagalongs on trips. You can see our trips to the Denver Zoo here and here. But it was a real treat to head a little further out of our comfort zone on a day to day and explore Colorado Springs and their gorgeous zoo! This zoo guys... totally worth the hour long drive. The cost of admission is less than Denver zoo too. PLUS, you get a free workout! It's all built on the side of a mountain so basically you are walking and winding your way uphill to see the exhibits.
Highlights were the giraffe walkway where the giraffes were eye to eye with you! Remy was curious but got a little shy when they came too close, and Arlo was peeking them out through the fence and cried hysterically from fright when they walked by her. They are gorgeous, statuesque animals. You have the option to buy lettuce leaves and feed them too.
The elephant habitat was so large and we caught it right as they were coming out for fresh air that day. We were SOOOO impressed by the zoo's infrastructure and thought to showcasing the animals in a very intimate way I felt, while also giving the animals a large space for their mass. We were happily greeted by lively, happy animals at every stop.
They even had a small Australian exhibit where you could feed birds.
After lunch, which was delicious, we took a ride on the carousel. Woah! Hold your...baby! This one is FAST! Husband looked on and took photos of the girls and I and I guess the attendant told him it was built in the fifties for adults, so it had some speed to it. Made us all giggle and I was definitely gripping my girls as we whipped round and round.
There was also a chair lift up the side of the mountain, but we decided that might be best left for a trip when the girls are a bit older. The thought of Arlo getting antsy on that thing made me really nervous. The ride would have been lovely though.
All around the zoo there were stunning views! You could see good and far and we hit it on a nice crisp day. We spent about three hours there and the girls were tuckered out and napped on the way home, which we had totally planned on.
We had a fantastic day and wonderful memories were made here. We hope to go back and visit again soon!