5 Hidden Zoos In Colorado That You Probably Never Visited

Everywhere you look there is something new to discover in Colorado. Take a look at this list of Zoos you probably never visited before.

Colorado Gators Reptile Park

9162 County Rd. 9 N., Mosca, CO 81146

Colorado Gators began in 1977 as a fish farm. The geothermal well is 2050 ft deep and 87 degrees. In 1987, the first alligators were brought in as ‘garbage disposals’ for dead fish. Some of these original gators are now 12 feet long. There are many species of reptiles on this farm, most of which come from uninformed pet owners. At the Colorado Gators Farm they take care of these animals and display them for education of the public.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

1946 Co Rd 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643

The Sanctuary is located on rural, rolling grasslands northeast of the Denver Metro area. Comprising 720 acres and sheltering more than 290 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Leopards, Mountain Lions, Wolves and other large carnivores, it is the first sanctuary of its kind to create large acreage species-specific habitats for its rescued animals.

Pueblo Zoo

3455 Nuckolls Ave, Pueblo, CO 81005

Pueblo Zoo is a 30-acre zoo located in Pueblo, Colorado in the United States. The zoo is open year round and is home to over 420 animals of more than 140 species. The Pueblo Zoological Society manages the zoo, which is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is America’s only mountainside zoo, located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level. The Zoo covers 140-acre, of which 40 acres are in use. It is located west of The Broadmoor resort along the slopes of Cheyenne Mountain’s lower north end. The animal collection includes more than 750 animals, representing nearly 150 different species, with more than 30 endangered species.

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

4729 Twin Rocks Rd, Divide, CO 80814

Wolves are no longer found in the wild in Colorado, but you can still see them in their natural habitat at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.  On a tour you get a chance to see 18 wolves and other animals like foxes and ferrets.  The regular tours run about an hour.  They are offered several times a day Tuesday through Sunday.

332 comments
Cody Daily
Cody Daily

That lion sanctuary is CRAZY expensive. They require I think it was a $30 entry fee plus a mandatory donation.

Cody Daily
Cody Daily

I'll stick with the zoo thank you. $4 or $30 easy choice.

Brandie Chesser
Brandie Chesser

Linda Turner Their goal was to price it out of the reach of the "normal" public - it had nothing to do with caring for the animals. Read their press release on the price increase.

Linda Turner
Linda Turner

So, what do you expect in order to feed lions, tigers, bears wolves? Geesh, that's cheap for the donation and experience. Don't think zoo, think sanctuary.

Ashley Ramirez
Ashley Ramirez

Last year the rate went from $15 to $50!!!!!! They have now reduced it to 30, Brandie Chesser you are absolutely right

Karen Short
Karen Short

Not all zoos are bad. Just a few bad ones spoiled the whole bunch. Most Zoos helps.

Heather Berry
Heather Berry

Zoo's I wont and dont support however I do and will support sanctuaries as they help abused animals, some of which come from horrible zoo's

Paul Thurston
Paul Thurston

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is not a zoo. It's a place for abused and abandoned animals to live out their lives in dignity. These animals were saved from zoos, carnivals, and private collectors. Not. A. Zoo. \U0001f609\U0001f609

Karla Lobera
Karla Lobera

Hector Castaneda we should go to the one in pueblo!

Lisa Baril
Lisa Baril

Actually, you can visit the refuge if you are a supporter or are interested in becoming a supporter and learning more about the animals and how people can help. They do so much I hope more people will check it out.

Carolyn Glider
Carolyn Glider

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is not a zoo. You do a great disservice by this post. Please publish a retraction. Contact the Sanctuary if you need clarification.

Sam Bissell
Sam Bissell

NOT a zoo and NOT open to the public.

Esmeralda Soto
Esmeralda Soto

Memo Cruz can we go to some of these!!? 😮❤️

Ruby Kralicek
Ruby Kralicek

I think the people who could do something about it like P.E.T.A. or animal advocate groups don't know about it and a small township who don't care what goes on there. When I was there last (many,many,many,many years ago) the foxes, raccoons, and goats all had some illness their noses and eyes were all cruddy. The animals have tiny cement pens with one shelter with no actual coverage from the weather (7 foxes crammed into a tiny,tiny shelter ment for 2.) It broke my heart and I have never been back. The family that runs it has had ot for 50+ years and I'm sure they ment well to start and as long as they keep getting money and free animals they will keep it open....seriously it is horrible.

VectorDefector
VectorDefector

These are all awesome places and are absolutely worth visiting? Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is probably our favorite.

Monica Boza
Monica Boza

Visited Wolf & Wildlife Center last Sunday... Great humble experience ! And affordable , not like the Wild Animal Sanctuary

Lisa Baril
Lisa Baril

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is not a zoo. It is a safe haven for animals that were misused and abused by stupid humans.

Ruby Kralicek
Ruby Kralicek

These are all great places to check out. Just NEVER go to Prairie Dog Town....way out east...the animals are sick, sad and poorly cared for.

Marie Gallagher
Marie Gallagher

This sanctuary is totally amazing. They need financial support to feed these large animals and take care of them.

Robert Dinkel
Robert Dinkel

I went just a few days ago with my 82 yr old Mom. FREE for anyone over 69. 50.00 per person. They hiked the rates for many reasons. It costs 20,000.00 per day to run the place. Also when prices were CHEAP. All you people who cant disapline your children. They raised the prices to keep your dumb asses out. Children yelling and screaming at the wild. Throwing the toys and whatever into the caged areas. Getting in the way of others who are shooting photography.

Ruby Kralicek
Ruby Kralicek

If you are an animal lover DO NOT go to the "Worlds largest prairie dog" place way out east....those poor animals....I can't believe they are still open.....so very sad.

SheldonLeRoyMeyer
SheldonLeRoyMeyer

The Prarie dog town is not open anymore hasn't been for a long time. It's not even in colorado.

Becky Reese
Becky Reese

They got mad about people thinking of it as a zoo and encouraged people to visit zoos. I love the work these guys do.

Becky Reese
Becky Reese

The website had guest passes for $30.

Lisa Mazzola
Lisa Mazzola

I have been to all of these wildlife centers. The Gator farm is fascinating and fun. They also take in abandoned or dumped amphibian animals like tortoises and Cayman. The Denver, Pueblo and Cheyenne zoos are beautiful and teach wildlife preservation and wildlife habitat. Great for families. The wolf center is fantastic. Beautiful animals and informative information about wolf habitat and preservation. The Wildlife sanctuary is ok. You pay a lot of money to walk around and view the animals. It's fun for about 30 minutes or so.

Krista Leigh McMullen
Krista Leigh McMullen

Yes! I really want to go to the wild animal sanctuary and the cheyenne one. You can feed giraffes

Rick Bell
Rick Bell

You missed one... I'm not sure if it's still open these days but The Swetsville Zoo near Ft. Collins....

Pam Maier Bock
Pam Maier Bock

I'm so sorry..... I meant like lions and tigers cheetahs panthers you know the ones from Africa and such..... I did forget about mountain lions....

Ivan Bussines
Ivan Bussines

They Missed one..the five points With all them monkeys over there lol

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

It may coat more than a "zoo" BUT the miney goes directly into the animal welfare as a majority of workers at the Sanctuary ard volunteers. If you spend $$ getti g into an area zoo you will nost likely end up spending much more when including drinks and food. Plus your entrance fee into the "Sanctuary " is tax deductible and the zoo fee is not....

Evan Foster
Evan Foster

Danya Burke let's go swim with alligators

Nick Jensen
Nick Jensen

Mountain lions! But idk if they classify those the same way or what....

Devin Giblin
Devin Giblin

I didnt even open this link because i can tell the picture is of the wild animal sanctuary. As mentioned above IT IS NOT A ZOO! It is a SANCTUARY yes, you can visit, yes it costs a lot. But that is strictly because it is not a what? A zoo. They are geared toward saving these animals and bringing in potential donors. When their prices were lower, yea they brought in a ton of people but all that money was spent on staff and not the animals. So instead they lowered the staff and raised the prices so they could spend the money on what really matters. The Craig's are amazing people saving these animals. It is not a zoo.

Tauna OBrien
Tauna OBrien

What about the bears in Waterton Canyon? lol.