June 24, 2019

Union Pacific Railroad is Back at Denver Zoo

There’s something magical about trains. The familiar whistle promises exploration and the pulse of the rails sets a rhythm of anticipation and excitement.

For more than 70 years, the Denver Zoo Railroad has taken guests on a journey through history. From aboard the ruby red C.P. Huntington train, riders can see several animal exhibits dating back to the early 20th century. Some of Denver Zoo’s exhibits are even designated as National Historic Places. Then there is Monkey Island, constructed during the Great Depression in an effort to get men back to work. Oh, the sights you will see!

This year, Denver Zoo Railroad is proudly presented by Union Pacific Railroad.

Like Denver Zoo, Union Pacific Railroad enjoys a long history in the American West. The railroad opened up avenues for sharing different cultures and played a pivotal role in driving economic growth to improve the quality of life for millions. In the 1860’s Union Pacific construction crews pushed into high elevations without benefit of modern tools - all to build the first transcontinental railroad. They called it the work of giants.

Today, Union Pacific reinvests in communities by giving back to cultural organizations and nonprofits, making our Rocky Mountain region a wonderful place to live, work and play. Denver Zoo and Union Pacific enjoyed a partnership decades ago and we are delighted to partner once again!

On your stroll across campus, look for the clock tower marking the train depot. The train features three covered cars, including an accessible coach. Soon, you’ll also find railroad and train crossing tips that help us stay safe at the Zoo and around town. There is always something wonderful to discover at Denver Zoo!

All aboard!


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