The Wild Animal Sanctuary - Wildlife Refuge in Colorado


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Map of The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
Spend a Day at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg Colorado - Find your Favorite Animals on Our Sanctuary Map - Saving One Animal May Not Change the World . . . But Surely for That One Animal - The World Will Change Forever

Experience Our 1,214-acre Wild Animal Sanctuary!

THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY has been rescuing exotic wildlife and endangered species since 1980. TWAS is home to more than 550 lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, bears, wolves, and other wildlife. The vast majority of our animals were confiscated from illegal or abusive situations by law enforcement officials. The sanctuary also provides a permanent refuge for surplus animals from zoos and other wildlife facilities.

MILE INTO THE WILD WALKWAY: This unique elevated walkway holds the record for being the longest footbridge in the world; it's ideal for watching wild animals as they interact with each other and nature. Experience unprecedented access to tigers, bears, wolves, and lions roaming freely in wide-open natural habitats. The walkway is 1.5 miles long and spans over many of the Sanctuary's massive habitats!

Three bear cubs playing in a swimming pool at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
Stroll the Elevated Walkway - To See Bear Cubs at Play
Bengal tigers relaxing in a grass field at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
Rescued Tigers Relaxing - 40 miles northeast of Denver

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Sanctuary is open from 9am to SUNSET; 7 days a week. $30 for children, $50 for adults, and $20 for senior citizens.

EAT ON-SITE: Enjoy a meal at the "Lions Den Cafe," or you can bring a picnic lunch, or even stop at our snack bar with a wide variety of nutritious food, snacks, and beverages.

SPECIAL GUIDED TOURS: Private tours for individuals and small groups. Your 2-hour tour starts at the Welcome Center and wraps up after an informative and breathtaking 3-mile journey. You'll be guided by an "Animal Ambassador" each step of your journey down our Mile Into the Wild Walkway. Get an insider's understanding of the animals, their stories, and their lives before and after rescue. COST is $100 per person. Tours must be booked 48 hours in advance by calling 303-536-0118. DON'T FORGET to mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.

DRIVE TIMES: 40 miles northeast of Denver. For Morgan and Denver, CO, are both a 50 minute drive. Fort Collins and Idaho Springs, CO, are both a 90 minute drive. Cheyenne, WY, 1-1/2 hour drive. Colorado Springs, CO, 1-3/4 hour drive. Julesburg, CO, 2-1/4 hour drive. Burlington, CO, 2-1/2 hour drive. Pueblo, CO, 3 hour drive.

PRO TIP DRIVING INFORMATION: When using a map app, please make sure to enter our 2999 County Road 53 address to arrive at the entrance.

ADDRESS: 2999 County Road 53 Keenesburg, CO 80643

PHONE: 303-536-0118 -- For Information; Directions, and tour reservations: please mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.

VISIT The Wild Horse Refuge near Craig

The Wild Horse Refuge and Vacation Home Rental - Mustangs are a symbol of the American West. The Refuge is a sanctuary for Colorado-born wild horses on 22,500 acres. Take a TOUR with our guide to see the horses or STAY in the onsite Vacation Home.




  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

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