Enjoy summer with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Don’t miss this adults-only event! Enjoy all-inclusive samples of beer, wine, spirits and coffee shops while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo and have you dancing the night away until 10 p.m.! Our generous restaurant and beverage partners donate their product samples for this important Zoo fundraiser. All samples are available while supplies last. This event is expected to sell out early, so grab your tickets early!

Highlights of Moonlight on the Mountain

What You Get

General admission tickets include: (General admission tickets are sold out.)

  • Complimentary souvenir sampling cup and spork, which help us make this a waste-wise event.
  • All-inclusive beverage sampling from regional breweries, wineries, distilleries and coffee shops, while supplies last.
  • All-inclusive food sampling from regional restaurants, while supplies last.
  • Live musical entertainment throughout the Zoo.
  • Sky Ride tickets $5 per person at the Sky Ride cashier booth (6 to 8 p.m. only, last ride up at 7:30 p.m, be in line by 7 p.m.)
  • The full Zoo experience from 6 to 8 p.m. including special animal shows and demos. (Animal exhibits close at 8 p.m.)

VIP early-entry tickets include: (VIP tickets are sold out.)

  • VIP early admission from 5 – 5:30 p.m. only. VIP early-entry ticket includes all general admission benefits, PLUS:
  • Admission gates will be open from 5 – 5:30 p.m. for priority entry into the Lower Level African Lion and Encounter Africa sampling hubs.
  • The vendors in these hubs will open early, just for VIPs. (You’ll also be in a prime spot to access the rest of the event when it opens at 6 p.m.!)
  • Premium souvenir sampling cup.
  • Complimentary Sky Ride experience (6 to 8 p.m. only, last ride up at 7:30 p.m, be in line by 7 p.m.)


Animal Shows Schedule

Please check back closer to the event for the schedule.


Sample beer, wine, liquor and coffee from these regional companies! (more to come):
Full list coming soon!

(Complimentary fountain soda at Grizzly Grill and cash bar at Rocky Mountain BBQ.)

Want to be a vendor? Contact [email protected] or call 719-424-7847.


Savor food from some of your local favorites! (more to come):
Full list coming soon!

Want to be a vendor? Contact [email protected] or call 719-424-7847.


Encounter regional bands for your listening pleasure!
Full list coming soon!

Tickets & Cost

Event Details

– Moonlight on the Mountain will take place, rain or shine. All food/drink/music stations will be protected from the elements, but walkways between areas are uncovered. Guests may want to bring an umbrella.
– General admission and VIP early-entry tickets may be purchased online until August 20, 2020, or when tickets are sold out.
– VIP tickets are sold out, but watch for any available tickets to be released on Monday, August 10.
– No refunds available after Thursday, August 6, 2020.
– Dress for a fun night of food, drinks and dancing, but remember you will be walking up and down hills at the Zoo!
– Please remember to print your e-ticket for admission to Moonlight on the Mountain.
– ID is required for admission (NO EXCEPTIONS).
– A cash bar will be available, in addition to all-inclusive sampling.
– Soft drinks available at Grizzly Grill throughout the evening.
– Please drink responsibly and plan for a designated driver.
– Designate a driver, or better yet, don’t drive at all! Take a taxi or use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft.
– All COVID-19 precautions will be in place for this event. Learn more at cmzoo.org/open.

*75¢ of each ticket is allocated to Quarters for Conservation. Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) is an exciting way that you can contribute to wildlife conservation work. Through the collection of quarters, we’ll provide funding for new and existing wildlife conservation projects. This program provides an opportunity to engage our guests in wildlife conservation in our region and around the globe.


Interested in volunteering for this adults-only event?
We’ll need volunteers (age 21+) to help out throughout the evening on Thursday, August 20 from 4:15 – 10 p.m. Volunteers will get to enjoy food, live music and animal shows throughout the night.

To sign up as a Moonlight on the Mountain volunteer, please visit HERE

Vendors & Sponsors

– To be a sponsor for this event, call Jenny Koch at 719-424-7814 or email at [email protected].
– To be a vendor for this event, call 719-424-7847 or email at [email protected].

All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals.

Special Thanks to Our 2020 Sponsors:

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