Mountaineer Sky Ride

A View to Remember.

Mountaineer Sky Ride Hours

All hours are weather permitting.

May 1 through Labor Day:

Daily, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. (must enter the Zoo by 4 p.m.; last ride at 5:30 p.m.)

September through April 30:

Weekends only, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last ride at 3:30 p.m.)

Sky Ride Events:

Please call 633-9925, ext.0 for weather-related cancellation information.

Stay tuned for special event listings here!


General Sky Ride Information:

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

With the Mountaineer Sky Ride, you'll take a chairlift-style, open-air ride that provides spectacular views of the Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs and the plains to the east.

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 overview, where you can:

  • Relax on a bench and take in the breathtaking vistas.
  • Enjoy the specially designed playground and climbing 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 Mountain Outfitters plaza at the base of the Zoo, and takes you up to the overview. Separate entrances are offered inside and outside the Zoo—so you can enjoy the Mountaineer Sky Ride with or without the Zoo experience. (Access to the Zoo is not available from the overview.)

Days & Times

Open year-round, as weather permits.
See above for current hours of operation.
The ascent up the mountain takes approximately seven minutes.


$5 for adults; $4 for kids from 3-11 years old
Members receive $1 off Sky Ride admission prices


The maximum capacity per chair is 4 people. Children 2 years of age and younger can ride on the lap of someone who is 12 years or older. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by another ride who is 12+ years of age.

Zoo Member Sky Ride Day Pass

Ride as many times as you like! The Mountaineer Sky Ride Day Pass is offered exclusively to members as a $30 add-on for any Zoo Membership and only includes rides on the Sky Ride during regular hours (see hours of operation above). The pass does not include after-hours events or members-only events. Only one Sky Ride Day Pass is permitted per membership. The Sky Ride Day Pass will expire on the same date as your membership. Click here for more details about the Sky Ride Day Pass.