2019 Conference - Cheyenne Mt. Zoo

Registration will open in July


The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. In 1938, after substantial development, Mr. Penrose deeded the Zoo as a non-profit public trust to the people of Colorado Springs. This trust was deemed “for the sole purpose of establishing and maintaining a zoological park to provide recreation, education, conservation and scientific facilities in the field of zoology and related subjects, and to preserve the Zoo in perpetuity for the people of the Pikes Peak region.”

We’re excited to not only show you our current facility but to introduce you to our new Water’s Edge: Africa exhibit which will be opening in 2019.

Colorado Springs is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and its many trails and parks, makes Colorado Springs a popular destination for tourists seeking scenery, rock formations and other unique geological features, like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods Park, The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and Cave Of The Winds Mountain Park.

Colorado is known for 4-weather days in which you can experience Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, all in the same day so it’s always best to dress in layers and be ready for anything. Average temperatures in September is in the mid-70s and with paired with Colorado’s famous 300 days of sun a year, it can feel warmer but keep in mind that at 6714 feet, the elevation has something to say about the temperature!

(Subject to change)

AZVT Member, $225; Non-Member$275
Wet Lab, Post Conference Trip $TBD

Tentative Schedule:

Sept 22nd - AM, AVZMT Exam
                    PM, Ex Committee Meeting

Sept 23rd - Wet Labs
                   PM, Icebreaker [Phantom Canyon]

Sept 24th - Lectures

Sept 25th - Lectures and Zoo Day

Sept 26th - Lectures and Banquet

Sept 27th - Post Conference Trip


DoubleTree Inn by Hilton-Colorado Springs
Rates from $149/night

  • Free Parking
  • Free Airport Shuttle (Colorado Springs)
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Recreation area with pool


Options include Denver International Airport (DIA) or Colorado Springs Airport (COS).

COS - flights are generally more expensive.
DIA - 90 miles away from hotel

Airport shuttles between Denver/Colorado Springs:
Groome Transportation
Colorado Shuttle
Transit Van Shuttle
Shuttle Fare
Airport Parking Reservations


Denver Zoo - additional information coming soon.

Hungry? These might help!

Have a day to fill? How about a day trip?

Showing up early? Sticking around after? Check out these extended trip ideas!

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