Pueblo, CO

Discover wildlife and history at the Pueblo Zoo on dollar admission day

Colorado Jill

(Colorado) The Pueblo Zoo is a charming, 25-acre animal park with over 420 animals and several historic structures. The zoo is small enough to be explored in an hour or two and large enough for a nice outing with family or friends.

This weekend, guests can visit the historic zoo for just a dollar!

On Saturday, July 15th, the Pueblo Zoo will offer one-dollar admission from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Starting at one o'clock, regular admission prices will apply.

The Pueblo Zoo has a variety of animals, including red pandas, lemurs, penguins, muntjacs, American bison, camels, a Highland cow, and much more.

While walking through the animal park, take note of the architecture. The zoo was built during the Great Depression by workers hired through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Several original structures remain, including the historic bear pits built in the 1930s.

The Pueblo Zoo historic Bear PitsPhoto byAuthor

The "pits" housed numerous bears, including grizzly, black, brown, and polar bears. In 1989, the USDA declared the enclosures no longer suitable for large mammals, and they were closed. They stand today as an intriguing relic of the past.

The zoo's summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last paid admission at 4:00 p.m. Parking is free but can fill up quickly on special occasions. "Dollar Day" is expected to be busy, so arrive early.

The Pueblo Zoo is in City Park, a lush 157-acre venue with shade trees, walking paths, a skate park, duck ponds, and a disc golf course. It is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch after a morning at the zoo.

I'll see you there!

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