Cheyenne Mountain Zoo : Michelin's recommendations
Built in 1926 by Penrose on a pine-forested hillside to house exotic animals he had received as gifts from around the world, America's only urban mountain zoo was deeded to Colorado Springs in 1938. It is home to more than 500 animals of 146 species. In 1998, 29 of its 74 animal births were endangered species, including a spectacled bear and a Sichuan takin. Other rare species include the snow leopard, black rhinoceros and Sumatran orangutan. Paved paths wind up the hill; summer guests may ride a tram.To reach the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, motorists drive cautiously through the zoo grounds and up a 1.5mi winding road to a plateau 2,000ft above Colorado Springs. The 100ft granite tower, resembling a Medieval castle, was built as a Penrose family tomb but was rededicated to philosopher-actor Will Rogers when he died in a 1935 plane crash. Tower landings are photo galleries of Rogers' life: a 94-step climb reveals an outstanding view east.
- Address : 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd. USA - Colorado Springs, CO 80906-572880906-5728Colorado Springs
- Phone : 7196339925
- Website : http://www.cmzoo.org
- Prices : free of charge