The Pueblo Zoo in Pueblo, Colorado

During our spring break a few weeks ago, Madison and I decided to visit the Pueblo Zoo in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Pueblo Zoo in Pueblo, Colorado is one of Colorados' most underrated zoo. While it's small, it's their size that makes you feel more at home, and it's also one of the more economical zoos that you can visit here in Colorado.

There's just something about Pueblo that I love. While Colorado Springs can get rather busy in terms of traffic and crowds, Denver being the main city is much worse. Pueblo, on the other hand, is rather quiet and it's that quaint quietness that I love.

We love visiting zoos, it's a great way for kids to learn about different animals and their environment, and even preserving the said environment. Madison was able to learn about penguins and marveled at the fact that she was able to dress up and learn about penguins as well.

Some of the animals we would not be able to see if it weren't for zoos, and while the Pueblo Zoo may not be humungous in size, compared to some zoos, they still do have quite a variety of animals that the kids can enjoy.

Madison and I were able to see Lions, Bald Eagles, Zebras, Bisons and so much more. There is also a petting zoo which kids will appreciate. Here's something that you may want to take note of; there are currently baby lions that were born recently at the zoo, and you may even be able to get a glimpse of them playing when you visit the lion exhibit.

So what can you expect at the Pueblo Zoo thru this summer?

Mission: Monkeys
Join your friends and community members in bringing some of the most distinctive old-world monkeys to the Pueblo Zoo! The zoo is raising funds to build a world-class exhibit next to the African painted dogs enclosure. The project has broken ground, and the zoo needs your support to drive the project home. With your support, the zoo will also be building a quarantine area behind the new monkey exhibit, which will provide a safe space for new animals to adjust to the Pueblo Zoo, for animals to relax after medical procedures, and for new mothers to be with their young. Check progress and donate at

Brew at the Zoo
April 29, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Watch your favorite exotic animals as you enjoy craft brews from 20 different brewers, live music from The River Arkansas, The Change Agents, and Wayne Faust. Gourmet food trucks will be available, and guests can enjoy outdoor games with friends on the Pueblo Zoo's landscaped grounds!

African Painted Dogs - Snapshots from the Field talk
May 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
African wild dogs are very social... so social that their communication abilities make them one of the most effective hunters in the world. Join African Painted Dog keeper Gina and veterinary technician Kim and learn what sets these dogs apart, how they're managed at the zoo, and how you can support these rare canines.

Plant. Grow. Fly. garden grand opening
May 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
This garden is a haven for some of the hardest workers out there...pollinators! Kids can get their hands dirty and use their imaginations at five different nature play stations including a giant bird nest, musical instruments, and an outdoor kitchen! Guests will learn about local pollinators, local plants, and how they can support them right at home or create their own pollinator gardens. Garden ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00am.

Father’s Day Weekend
June 16-17 
Fathers and Grandfathers get in free! Bring Dad in for a zoo adventure!

Zoofari Friday
June 22
An evening of drinks, dinner, music, animal encounters, truck tours, and live & silent auctions. Find out more at

Zoo Overnight Campout
Aug 11-12
Bring the whole family to the zoo and enjoy the thrill of camping! Your adventure includes dinner, camp games, an exclusive tour, stargazing, continental breakfast in the morning and admission to the zoo all day Sunday. Pricing and full info:

So if you're ever visiting Colorado, take a side trip to Pueblo and make a pit stop at the Pueblo Zoo.

Fall/Winter: October - April
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sun 12pm - 4pm

Spring/Summer: May - September
Daily 9am - 5pm