It's Go Time!

We’re so thrilled to welcome you back to Denver Zoo. We are deeply committed to the health and safety of our guests, staff and the animals that call our 80-acre campus home. Please read the information below carefully, as our ticketing process and visitation policies have changed. These changes help us to continue connecting you with the wonders of wildlife.
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Hours

8:30 AM–9:00 AM: Members-Only Preview
9:00 AM–5:15 PM: General Admission

5:30 & 5:45 PM: Members-Only Last Entry

7:00 PM: Grounds Close

Admission and Tickets

General Admission:

Adults (Ages 12–64): $20
Seniors (Ages 65+): $17
Children (Ages 3–11): $14
Children 2 and Under: FREE

Note: As mandated by the City and County of Denver, all guests ages three (3) and over are required to wear a mask or face covering.

Online Timed Tickets Required

Select Your Date, Select Your Time

For the health and safety of our guests, staff and animals in our care, the Zoo will be limiting the number of visitors per day to provide for recommended physical distance. Additionally, timed tickets that are staggered every 15 minutes have been enabled to limit the total number of guests entering the Zoo at one time.

Tickets will NOT be available at Denver Zoo and must be reserved online. Online tickets are required for all guests including Denver Zoo members (free) and children two and under (free).

Guests without internet access may call 720-337-1400 from 9 AM–5 PM for assistance.
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Reopening Safely

Everything We’re Doing to Keep Our Guests, Employees, Volunteers + Animals Safe—all in one handy PDF.

Rediscover Your Zoo!

Denver Zoo’s FREE Mobile App

Your Ultimate Guide

Download the FREE Denver Zoo app and enable app notifications to put everything you need for an amazing Zoo experience in the palm of your hand. Denver Zoo’s Mobile App Includes:

  • Digital interactive map
  • Insider animal information
  • Mobile membership card: Load your Denver Zoo membership card on to the app for additional convenience.

One-Way Path

Denver Zoo has created a modified one-way path around the entire park that allows guests to view a majority of Denver Zoo’s animal habitats and gardens.

This new one-way path will assist in ensuring appropriate physical distancing while providing guests with an intuitive way to navigate the Zoo.

A “short cut” will be available to allow guests to explore a smaller section of the Zoo during their visit.

Hand-Washing Stations

Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations have been placed throughout campus—including at restrooms, the entry and exit, the entry and exit doors of all buildings and all dining areas. Please use them.

Hand Sanitizer provided by J&L Distilling and proudly sponsored by Cigna.
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Tips For Your Visit

Your time at Denver Zoo may look and feel a little different these days. Here is what you can expect.

Animal Demonstrations and Encounters

Regularly scheduled animal demonstrations and encounters have been modified to minimize contact and provide for physical distance.

Exhibits, Buildings and Attractions

Outdoor exhibits, like our NEW Stingray Cove Exhibit, are open for your enjoyment—while attractions and play areas, such as our Conservation Carousel and Explore the Shore Play Area, are closed for your safety. In addition, regularly scheduled Animal Demonstrations and Encounters have been modified to minimize contact and provide for physical distance.

Dining and Shopping

Food and Beverage Services

We have modified our food and beverage service to provide you with utmost safety and peace of mind. In addition to complying with all government-mandated COVID-19 safety procedures with regard to the preparation and service of all food and beverage items, we have put the following practices in place:

  • Cash will not be accepted for payment at Denver Zoo. To limit person-to-person contact, Denver Zoo will be restricting payments to cards only and will not be accepting cash. Guests paying with debit or credit cards will be asked to swipe their own cards.
  • Grab-and-go food and beverage options are available throughout the Zoo. For a list of open restaurants and menus click here.
  • In order to minimize lines and provide for safe physical distancing, mobile ordering is available and encouraged through the Denver Zoo website.
  • Outdoor dining areas throughout the Zoo are open have been redesigned to meet safe physical distancing guidelines. Indoor restaurant seating is closed.
  • All food and beverage items are pre-packaged with tamper-resistant labeling.
  • Drinks are available in bottles and cans. Fountain beverages and refills are not available to limit contact.
  • Guests are permitted to bring their own food and beverage. No glass containers or alcohol may be brought in to the Zoo by guests. Guests are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines while picnicking on Zoo grounds.

Shopping

Denver Zoo’s primary gift shop, Kibongi Market will remain open with the following safety modifications in place:

  • One-way traffic flow through the store has been instituted.
  • Hand sanitizer is available
  • Displays altered to minimize touch and guest proximity
  • Online shop and shipping options are always available

We’re in This Together.

Keeping Each Other Safe.

Denver Zoo is incredibly grateful for your support. Together, we can navigate the changes, both small and large, that help keep each other safe and healthy.

What We Are Asking Guests to Do to Keep Our Community Safe

Guests at Denver Zoo should follow these guidelines during their visit:

  • If you, or a family member, feel sick please stay home and come back for a visit when you are well.
  • As mandated by the City and County of Denver, all guests ages three (3) and over are required to wear a mask or face covering.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid touching surfaces.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines and remain 6 feet apart from other guests.
  • Obey the one-way traffic flow and remain on approved pathways.

What Denver Zoo Is Doing to Keep You Safe

In order to keep our guests, staff and animals safe, Denver Zoo has enacted the following safety practices:

  • The number of guests in attendance is limited each day and one-way guest flow has been instituted to provide for physical distancing.
  • All staff working at the Zoo are required to wear masks.
  • All staff working at the Zoo have their temperatures checked prior to working.
  • High touch surfaces, including restrooms, are being disinfected frequently on a schedule. Some high-touch surfaces like restaurant tables and chairs are being cleaned immediately after use.
  • Additional hand-sanitizer and hand-washing stations have been placed throughout the park including at restrooms, the Zoo’s entry and exit, the entry and exit doors of all buildings and all dining locations.
  • To limit person-to-person contact, Denver Zoo will be restricting payments to cards only and will not be accepting cash.
  • To eliminate another potential touch point, individual personal maps will no longer be distributed. Denver Zoo will provide an interactive digital map for free on its mobile app.