You all know I’m a sucker for a good zoo!!! I heard the one in Colorado Springs wasn’t to be missed…….so, I went…….and I was definitely NOT disappointed!!! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is located on the side of the Cheyenne Mountain, so it is quite steep and has a winding road through it. They have some wonderful animals…….you’ll see from the photos that I spent the majority of my time with the giraffes – I spent a lot of $$$ purchasing the lettuce to feed them, too! 🙂 I can say that made my day……actually, probably made my YEAR and brought back fond memories of feeding the giraffes and camels near Chittenango, NY and in Kentucky – any time I can get up close and personal with an animal, I’m a happy camper!!! There is also another feature that you have to get into your car to drive to further up the mountain called the Shrine of the Sun – a tribute to Will Rogers, which was pretty amazing, too!
There was a baby!!! aaaawwww…… 🙂
There was a ski lift that carried people up the side of the mountain over the zoo…… I debated for a while and finally decided to just do it…… fear of heights be damned!!! LOL
Getting started made me a little nervous……….
But, once it got going, I really enjoyed it…….
It really wasn’t scary at all!!!
I got to look down at the animals…….like this mountain goat
and the giraffes…….as if seeing them up close wasn’t enough! LOL
I saw the Shrine of the Sun, but didn’t know what it was at the time…….found out later and had to drive up to see it!
When I finished with the zoo, I got a ticket to get in to the Shrine of the Sun and started my drive up the side of the mountain to go see it……the road was a bit nerve-racking, but I got up there and it was really quite special!
That tower way up there is my destination……
this is as far as I could go by car —- had to park here and walk the rest of the way……..at that elevation, I had to stop to catch my breath every few feet!
I’d had enough walking and climbing – my knee had given out, so I have no idea what is down these steps……..didn’t go there! hehehe
If you’re in or near Colorado Springs, do yourself a favor and include the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Shrine of the Sun in your things to do and places to see……you won’t regret it!!!