Hours + Admission

Make Memories + Make a Difference for Wildlife

Denver Zoo Hours

Online timed ticket reservations are required for entry. You will be asked to select a timed entry window during the online ticketing process.
 
Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance is open daily from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Entry gates close at 4:00 p.m. 


Seasonal Member Hours
May 15–October 31, 2024

Members only from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
General admission opens at 10:00 a.m.

Weekend Hours

Members only from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. General admission opens at 10:00 a.m.


  • Closing hours may vary by day but are 1 hour and 30 minutes after the last ticket entry time.
  • DZCA is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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Ticket Pricing

IN SEASON (March 11th through October 31st)

Adults (Ages 16-64):$25.20
Seniors (Ages 65+):$22.05
Youth (Ages 3-15):$18.90
Youth 2 and Under:Free

OFF SEASON (November 1st through March 10th)

Adults (Ages 16-64):$25.20
Seniors (Ages 65+):$22.05
Youth (Ages 3-15):$18.90
Youth 2 and Under:Free
  • Member tickets go on sale 15 days in advance.
  • General Admission tickets go on sale 10 days in advance.
  • General Admission tickets are non-refundable.
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Having trouble booking online? Call Guest Services at 720-337-1400 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Explore the Zoo

Today at the Zoo

Daily Animal Demonstrations

What’s going on today at the Zoo? Plan your day around some of our exciting animal demonstrations from our Animal Care Specialists. 

Community Connections Equitable Access Program

 Looking for more affordable ways to visit? We got you covered! 

General Information

  • Ticket Details + Restrictions 

    • Tickets can be reserved for a variety of time periods starting at 10:00 a.m. with the last admission time window at 3:30 p.m. Guests may enter within a 30-minute window starting at the time listed on the ticket. Please do not arrive at the entry gate prior to the time listed on your ticket.

    • Once your online purchase is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and multi-page PDF attachment titled “Tickets.” Please have your tickets pulled up on your mobile device upon entry.

    • Present your DZCA online timed ticket (on phone or printed) for entry. We do not accept confirmation letters, coupons, complimentary tickets, vouchers, program passes, SNAP cards or receipts for entry.

    • Members will need their photo ID, digital membership card through the Denver Zoo app and complimentary timed ticket for admission.

    • Children under two are free but require a complimentary online ticket. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older.

    • No refunds will be provided.

    • DZCA continues to be committed to our community and providing access to all. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for reservation for select community programs daily. Five by Five pass holders and guests with complimentary tickets issued by Denver Zoo may reserve free timed community tickets. Guests using complimentary timed community tickets will be required to show proof of program participation at the gate.

  • Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance Policies

    To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our Zoo guests and animals, please respect the following rules.

    General Rules

    All visitors voluntarily assume all risk and danger for personal injury or property damage incidental to visiting DZCA.

    All guests who purchase tickets to Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance acknowledge they understand the nature of the activity and the potential hazards associated, and that if they believe conditions are unsafe for themselves or their child, they will immediately discontinue participation. Guests fully understand that this activity involves risks of bodily injury which may be caused by guests’ own actions or inactions, or the actions of others. Guests fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses.

    • We reserve the right to refuse entry of any bag, parcel or other item into Denver Zoo, and to handle any unattended object in ways we deem appropriate.

    • Show common courtesy to fellow guests by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior.

    • Obey all posted signs. DZCA requires all guests to remain on designated pathways at all times. Climbing, crossing barriers or entering restricted areas is prohibited. Violators will be issued a criminal citation and are subject to a maximum possible penalty of up to 300 days in jail and a $999 fine pursuant to D.R.M.C. §38-115.

    • Feeding, chasing or teasing the animals is strictly prohibited. Do not tap on the glass or shout at animals, including those that are free roaming.

    • Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other guests.

    • Supervise your children at all times. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older at all times.

    • Access to rides and attractions depends upon the safety rules for each ride and attraction (see rules posted at rides for details).

    Prohibited Items

    • Outside alcoholic beverages, marijuana or any illegal substance. 

    • Recreational devices such as drones, remote control toys, skateboards, scooters, inline skates or shoes with built-in wheels.

    • Wheeled mobility devices with less than three wheels or devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted. Devices must be manually or electrically powered and operated at a walking pace. Devices should be single rider and not exceed 36″ (92cm) in width and 52″ (132cm) in length.

    • Except as permitted by state or city law, Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance prohibits any person from using, possessing, carrying, displaying or distributing any real or simulated weapon on or within the DCZA campus, including but not limited to firearms, certain knives (see D.R.M.C. §38-117 and 38-119), explosives or incendiary devices, toy blasters, squirt guns, plastic knives or swords. The Denver Zoo campus includes Denver Zoo parking facilities and structures.

    • Glass containers (excluding small containers such as baby food jars).

    • Pets or other animals, except approved service animals. Service animals are defined as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals should remain on a leash or in a harness and under the control of the owner at all times. Due to animal welfare concerns, service animals may not be permitted in certain areas of the Zoo.

    • Balloons and plastic straws are not permitted in the Zoo for the safety of our animals.

    • Other items that we determine may be harmful or disruptive.

    Prohibited Activities

    • The sale of goods, services or the display of goods or services for sale.

    • The distribution of printed or recorded materials of any kind.

    • Unauthorized events, demonstrations or speeches or the usage of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes or to incite a crowd.

    • Photography, videotaping or recording of any kind for commercial purposes.

    • Engaging in any unsafe act or other act that may impede the operation of the Zoo or any associated facility.

    Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance Rights

    • DZCA may photograph, film, videotape, record or otherwise reproduce the image and/or voice of any person who enters Denver Zoo and use the same for any purpose without payment to any person.

    • DZCA reserves the right to deny admission or require a person already admitted to leave the Zoo without refund, liability or compensation if circumstances warrant.

    DZCA may from time to time, without prior notice and without refund, liability or compensation change the operating hours of Denver Zoo or any exhibit, close the Zoo or any part of it temporarily, restrict the number of persons having access to the Zoo and/or suspend or cancel any attraction or entertainment program if circumstances warrant.

  • Parking 

    Parking at DZCA is free for our guests! You may park in any of the parking lots adjacent to the Zoo or in our four-level parking garage. Access to these parking lots is along 23rd Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard near the main entrance.

    In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, we encourage carpooling, using public transportation, biking and walking.

  • Private Events at Denver Zoo Conservation Alliance

    Regardless of why your flock is seeking unique event spaces in Denver—team or client appreciation, celebrating a company milestone or just to shake your tail feathers—DZCA is the city’s wildest, most vibrant of ALL Denver event venues! Our dedicated event specialists will work closely with you to create an event that exceeds your expectations.

    We offer 15% discounts for non-profit and government agencies, as well as 15% off for members. 

    Corporate Events + Meetings 

    Treat your team to a memorable outing or host a meeting that could never be just an email at any of our DZCA event venues!

    Social Events

    Kick up your heels with a private soiree at the wildest of all Denver event venues and have our 2,500+ wild and wonderful animals to yourself!

    Zoo Lights Events

    Hands-down, a private event during Zoo Lights is Denver’s most enchanting way to celebrate and reward your employees, friends and family!

    Contact Sales & Hospitality

    We look forward to hosting your next event at DZCA! Submit an inquiry below or send an email to corporate@denverzoo.org and we’ll get back with you shortly with pricing and availability.

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