A visit to Colorado Springs isn’t complete without a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountainside zoo in the U.S. At 6,800 feet above sea level, it’s a bit of a hike but definitely worth it. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also home to the largest giraffe heard in the country (18!) Pay a couple bucks for a handful of lettuce and watch 3-4 giraffes get suddenly very interested in what you have to say :)
The day ended with some hiking around Helen Hunt Falls, more crazy weather, and some great late-afternoon views of downtown Colorado Springs.
Normally when I’m in Colorado Springs I’m shooting for the Navy Wounded Warrior Project and spending a lot of time at the USOTC. It’s rare that I get a chance to explore the city, let alone some of the beautiful places surrounding it. This visit to the Springs, though, was just that-a vist, and it was great to finally see some of the places I usually only hear about. The weather changes quickly in this part of Colorado, so these are some images from our rainy drive through Garden of the Gods.