COLORADO SPRINGS — After being closed for nearly three months due to COVID-19, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced Friday night it received final approval to reopen Saturday.
The zoo will begin a phased reopening on June 6, with only zoo members permitted for the first day.
CMZoo's variance request went through multiple state and local approval processes, including CDPHE, El Paso County Public Health, and the three local hospitals.
“We’ve been encouraged by the amount of support our local government has given us as we have navigated these uncharted waters,” said Bob Chastain, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo president and CEO. “I have worked hand in hand the last few weeks with El Paso County Public Health, the mayor, the city manager, the heads of our three great hospitals and the El Paso County Commissioners. There are real people behind those titles, and they care about the people of Colorado Springs and Colorado.”
The zoo will be open to members only from June 6-10. Members must log in and reserve their tickets in advance online.
Members whose plans include free "plus" guest tickets will be able to redeem those passes, but no paying guests will be allowed during those days.
Starting June 11 members of the public will also be able to reserve tickets online.
The zoo has set up a special website to purchase and reserve tickets.