Food and Gifts

Eat, Shop, etc.


Thundergod Gift Shop

The gift shop offers a large selection of Zoo-related apparel, plush animals and books, as well as fair trade and conservation gifts. There is also a wide variety of snacks and drinks.

Location: Just inside the Zoo front entrance
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. year-round (or current Zoo hours)

Interested in something from the Zoo Gift Shop?
Please call 719-575-0536 ext. 103 or email:[email protected]


Other Gifts & Picnics

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Other Unique Gifts

Discover wildly unique Zoo gift ideas that give twice, such as helpful gifts for conservation, behind-the-scenes tour packages, animal artwork, education program options, Zoo Memberships, Adopt an Animal Gift Packages and more!

Picnic Areas

Outdoor seating can be found at various locations around the Zoo. The main picnic area is near the Carousel. Please view the Zoo Map for details. You are welcome to bring food, coolers, etc. with you, just please refrain from bringing in any glass or alcohol. Please do not feed any of your food to the Zoo animals. Outside food and drink may not be taken in to any of the Zoo restaurants.


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Pizza with a View

European-style pizzeria serving hand-made pizzas, salads, local craft beer, wine and dessert. Gluten-friendly and vegan options available. Stop by the aptly named “Pizza with a View” to enjoy some delicious food and breathtaking scenery!  View Pizza with a View Menu

Location: Across from Grizzly Grill (just past the Carousel)
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last call food & drinks at 4:45 p.m.)

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The Cozy Goat espresso bar

Full-service coffee bar, serving coffee, a variety of teas and locally baked pastries.

Location: Lower level of Pizza with a View, on the way up to the carousel.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
View Cozy Goat Menu

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Elson’s Place

The space is named after Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s famous male lion, Elson. Elson was known for being a magnificent ambassador for his species and for his uncompromising personality. We remember how he touched the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to come in contact with him.

Location: African Rift Valley across from the Lions
March – September: Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October – February: Daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (weather permitting)

Summer Menu: Refreshing selection of fruit smoothies, coffee frappés, milkshakes, homemade lemonade, ice cream, pretzels and more!  View Elson’s Menu

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Grizzly Grill

Our exciting restaurant offers Zoo guests a unique dining experience while overlooking the city of Colorado Springs and surrounding region. With abundant indoor air-conditioned seating and beautiful sunlit patios, the Grizzly Grill is a great place to relax and take a break from your journey around America’s mountain Zoo.

Location: Near the middle of the Zoo, adjacent to the Carousel.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. year-round (or current Zoo hours)

Menu: Offers gourmet favorites that guests might not expect to see in a zoo setting,to include seasonal specials, Baja bowls and garden fresh salads. Regular zoo fare includes burgers, homemade New York-style pizza by the slice, sandwiches, and soft ice cream. Diners enjoy culinary theatre-style as you watch your food selections prepared fresh in front of you. Bring your appetites and enjoy!  View Grizzly Grill Menu


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Rocky Mountain Barbecue Co. (formerly The Overlook)

Enjoy an alfresco patio café geared toward giving you a unique sit-down restaurant with the best views in the city. Chef-inspired house-smoked barbecue, salads and appetizers. Local craft beer and wine. Counter ordering with food and drinks delivered right to your table.

Location: Near the middle of the Zoo, diagonally across the sidewalk from the Grizzly Grill, overlooking the Rocky Mountain goats and all of Colorado Springs.

Summer June – Sept: Daily 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (drinks only until 5 p.m., last call 4:45 p.m.)
Winter October – May: Open Spring Break week and Saturdays & Sundays in May only, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (then drinks only until 5 p.m.)
Closed: October – May unless otherwise noted.

Menu: Discover a Chef inspired house-smoked Barbecue, salads and appetizers. Local craft beer and wine.  View Rocky Mountain Wild BBQ Menu


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Carousel Sweets

Location: Next to (south of) the Carousel, across from the Grizzly Grill.
Summer Memorial Day – Labor Day: Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter October – May: Open Saturdays & Sundays through October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weather dependent)
Closed: November – February

Menu: Local hand-dipped ice cream, fried Oreos, etc.  View Carousel Sweets Menu

Dippin’ Dots – open seasonally in Rocky Mountain Wild.
Mountaineer Market – open seasonally at Mountaineer Summit, top of the Sky Ride.

Food service, merchandising and Taste catering are provided to the public by:
Services Systems Associates, Inc.
Phone: 719-575-0536   Fax: 719-575-0537