Rocky Mountain Wild

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Rocky Mountain Wild
A Uniquely Colorado Experience.

As America’s only mountain zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is uniquely suited to showcase Colorado wildlife in its natural setting. The Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit connects you with the wild heritage of the Rocky Mountain region, offering surprising, engaging and memorable encounters with moose, mountain lions, Canada lynx, North American river otters and porcupines, grizzly bears, Mexican wolves and bald eagles. In addition, special hands-on learning in The Loft offers children and children-at-heart ways to explore and experience different animal care careers, such as a zoo keeper, animal trainer and even veterinarian.


Meet the Animals of RMW

Meet the Natives.

Discover the natural inhabitants of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains as you’ve never seen them before—immersed in their native wilderness habitat.

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Get an up-close view of Colorado’s largest animal species—the majestic moose. Surrounded by pine woods, with its own small lake, you’ll see this beautiful animal as it lives in the wild.


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Mountain Lions

Meet Colorado’s top predator, the mountain lion (also known as the cougar), up-close at the one-of-a-kind Cougar Canyon. A natural rock canyon covered by a glass canopy separates human from lion and affords stunning views of the animals and beautiful Cheyenne Mountain.

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Canada Lynx

Encounter the endangered Canada lynx, also known as the “grey ghost of the north.” Recently reintroduced in Colorado, this elusive cat is striking with its tufted ears and snowshoe-like feet.


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River Otters

Journey further into the Rocky Mountain “wilderness” for a view of the spirited North American river otters playing in a waterfall. You’ll be wowed by the underwater viewing opportunities!


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Grizzly Bears

Ascend the mountainside via a fire tower offering breathtaking views and culminating with the experience of a lifetime: Seeing magnificent grizzlies roaming the rugged mountainside. This signature exhibit brings you close to the grizzlies as they forage for food in a hollowed out tree and fish in their pool.


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Bald Eagles

Just beyond the grizzlies, you can see the majestic bald eagle perched high atop the trees, presiding over Rocky Mountain Wild.


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View in Rocky Mountain Wild, see porcupine as you may have never seen them before – in a tree! Just as they do in the wild, these porcupine spend their time as silent observers of passersby.


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Spend some time observing the elusive Mexican gray wolves – the smallest of the Mexican wolf species – as they prowl around their woodland territory.

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Lodge at Moose Lake in RMW

Events Like No Other.

For a gathering your guests won’t soon forget, book your next event at The Lodge at Moose Lake. This meeting and event facility is perfect for receptions, family gatherings, company picnics, corporate meetings and black-tie affairs.

Party goers in and around Lodge at Moose Lake

  • This flexible facility can host from 30 to 300 people.
  • The meeting space can be divided easily into three event areas or combined into one 4,200 sq. ft. grand hall.
  • For warm weather events, the front wall doors swing open, increasing the area’s capacity to more than 300 guests.
  • This modern facility features state-of-the-art audio capabilities.
  • An onsite catering kitchen provides convenience and flexibility for all types of events.

Questions? See Catering & Event Rentals, call 719.314.0970 or e-mail [email protected]




Watch this Glimpse of Rocky Mountain Wild:

Setting a higher standard for exhibiting these native species, the $8.2 million Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit covers approximately three acres in the southwestern quadrant of the Zoo. Among the animal areas you will find Moose Lake, and can enjoy panoramic views from the firetower.

Let Rocky Mountain Wild inspire you to view the Rocky Mountain environment not as what you inherit from your ancestors, but as what you protect for future generations.

RMW Animal Shows & Happenings

Hands-on learning in The LOFT!