Food and Gifts

Eat, Shop, etc.


Thundergod Snack & Gift Shop

A full selection of apparel, books and other gifts, as well as grab-n-go beverages, featuring Starbucks Frappuccino, Pure Leaf iced tea and Pepsi soft 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


Other Unique Gifts

Discover wildly unique 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!

Stroller Hut Rentals

Rent: Strollers and wheelchairs during the Summer months. Check inside the Thundergod Gift Shop when closed and during the winter months.
Location: Just past Thundergod Gift Shop, on the way into the African Rift Valley
Details & Pricing: Visit Accessibility & Special Needs

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.

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!
Winter Menu: Daily selection of soups & grilled sandwiches, hot chocolate, coffee, pretzels and more!

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, such as daily carving stations, pasta bowls, rice bowls, wraps, soups and fresh made-to-order salads. Regular zoo fare includes burgers, homemade pizza, sandwiches and ice cream. Diners enjoy culinary theatre style as you watch your food selections prepared fresh in front of you. Bring your appetites and enjoy!


The Overlook

Wild Burger at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is an alfresco patio café geared toward chef-inspired gourmet burgers, wings, salads and seasonal favorites. The space is designed to give you a unique sit-down restaurant with the best views in the city. Discover a chef-inspired menu serving craft beer and featured wines. 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.)
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: Upscale gourmet bistro featuring gourmet burgers, seasonal salads, flatbread pizza and mountain pub


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 only through October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weather dependent)
Closed: November – February

Menu: Serving Zoo favorites such as local hand-dipped ice cream, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Funnel Cakes, fried snickers and fried Oreos!

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