Mountaineer Sky Ride

A View to Remember.

Enjoy taking a chairlift-style, open-air ride that provides spectacular views of the Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs and the Eastern Plains.

Sky Ride Hours:

Open year-round. All hours are weather permitting.
May 1 – Labor Day: daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ride at 4:30 p.m.)
September – April: weekends only, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last ride at 3:30 p.m.)


General Sky Ride Information:

Experience the Zoo in a whole new way—from the air!

Soar over popular Zoo exhibits such as Rocky Mountain goats, My Big Backyard, Asian Highlands and Rocky Mountain Wild. At the top, disembark at the Mountaineer Summit, where you can:

  • Relax on a bench and take in the breathtaking vistas.
  • Enjoy the specially designed playground and bouldering wall with the kids.
  • Grab a snack or drink at Mountaineer Market (available seasonally).
  • Seek shelter from the unpredictable Colorado weather in an authentic yurt.


The Mountaineer Sky Ride departs from inside the Zoo in between the Giraffe Plaza and Rocky Cliffs, and takes you up to the Summit. Admission combinations are offered at the Zoo’s front entry gate, or, after you are inside the Zoo you can pay regular price at the Sky Ride ticket booth. (Access to the Zoo is not available from the Sky Ride overview (Mountaineer Summit).

Ride Time

The ascent up the mountain takes approximately seven minutes.

Sky Ride Admission

Combo Package: Purchase your Sky Ride ticket at the same time as your Zoo admission and receive $1 off!
Adult (12+) $4
Child (3-11) $3

Regular Price: Purchase your Sky Ride ticket later in the day at the Sky Ride ticket booth for regular price.
Adult (12+) $5
Child (3-11) $4
For Zoo Member Sky Ride Pass, see below.


The maximum capacity per chair is 4 people. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by another ride who is 12+ years of age.


Proud to be a Member of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!

Zoo Member Sky Ride Day Pass

Members – unlimited daytime FREE rides!
The Mountaineer Sky Ride Day Pass is offered exclusively to members as a $35 add-on for any Zoo Membership.
Anyone listed on your membership can have unlimited daytime FREE Sky Rides, during regular hours of operation. This includes ‘Plus’ guests on both the Individual Plus and/or Family Plus memberships and Third Adults.

-Guests paying admission are not covered under the Sky Ride Day Pass.
-Does not include after-hours events, including members-only nights.
-Only one Sky Ride Day Pass is permitted per membership.
-The Sky Ride Day Pass will expire on the same date as your membership.

Purchase a Sky Ride Day Pass as an Add-on in the shopping cart, during the time of your new or renewing membership purchase..
If you wish to add a Day Pass onto an existing Zoo membership that is not up for renewal yet, please contact [email protected].