Available spaces

Samburu Patio, Norgren Hall, Toyota Elephant Passage, Conoco Zoo Gardens, Northern Shores or the Entire Zoo!

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Looking for ways to take your event to the next level? Denver Zoo offers several options to enhance and enrich your event from animal encounters to rides on the Conservation Carousel.

Evening Events

Host private events up to 5,000 guests during an after-hours experience.

Rent the entire Denver Zoo for your next private event, social gathering, black-tie gala or company appreciation party.  You (and up to 5,000 of your closest friends) will have exclusive after-hours access to over 80 acres of Denver’s most visited attraction.  Watch a private zip line tiger feeding, get a front row seat to watch the wonder of our all-male elephant show or smile uncontrollably during the cutest sea lion show you have ever seen.  Your night wouldn’t be complete without a playful ride on the carousel, a picturesque ride on the train or an amazing virtual reality ride in our new 4D theatre.

Denver Zoo can host private events up to 5,000 guests during an after-hours experience. Relax in the comfort of our indoor/outdoor pavilion featuring sumptuous catering from our award-winning chef, taps and taps of Denver’s finest selection of micro beers, and upgrade your experience with up-close animal meet-and-greets.  If our animals just aren’t entertainment enough, let’s get the zoo rockin’ with your favorite band, a decked out 70’s VW photo booth and our kid-popular s’mores dessert station.

Evening rentals occur from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with zoo access for June through September events. Daytime zoo access is available for evening events for an additional fee. For evening events, access to the zoo is available from May to October and in the month of December for Zoo Lights.


During evening events specific animal exhibits will be open based on the rented zone and may be subject to change for animal comfort or safety.

  • Pachyderm House
  • Pahali ya Simba
  • Giraffe House
  • Tropical Discovery
  • Emerald Forest (dusk or 8:30)
  • Great Apes (dusk or 8:30)
  • Elephant Parlor
  • Village Hall

Samburu Patio

Located just outside the Samburu grill, relax under the stars while enjoying the view of lions, hyenas and wild dogs exploring Predator Ridge. If a more casual event is at hand, the patio is just the place for you.

Norgren Hall

Norgren Hall is our largest indoor facility with large floor to ceiling windows and a spectacular view of Predator Ridge and the Gerenuk exhibits.  Norgren hall can be selected in its entirety or private air walls are the perfect choice for more intimate meetings and events.  The event space is ideal for a unique corporate meeting, private party, anniversary or other special occasion.

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Toyota Elephant Passage

Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit can be added to your event experience for an additional fee. If you rent a zone and choose to add access to Toyota Elephant Passage you will share access of the exhibit with other groups in the other zones. Toyota Elephant Passage can only be bought as an exclusive event space if the entire Zoo is rented out. Buyouts are only available on Saturdays and select weekdays.

Conoco Zoo Gardens

Our largest event space, Conoco Zoo Gardens can accommodate up to 750 guests.  The gardens features an expansive outdoor patio, covered large pavilion and is the perfect choice for that large company event.  The gardens also can be set up with entertainment, all the food and beverage you can imagine and don’t forget to have a few animal demonstrations to highlight your event.  If a presentation is in your plans, the gardens can be transformed into a seasonal corporate event space under the pavilion.

Northern Shores

Northern Shores brings the wonders of aquatic life to Denver. Home to popular daily California sea lion demonstrations, this exhibit showcases the power of the polar bear, the slick swimming skills of the seal and sea lion and cuteness of the river otter and arctic fox. Underwater viewing at both the polar bear and sea lion exhibit fascinate children and adults alike.  Now just imagine a private dinner, cocktail reception or special event here.  We thought that may peak your interest.

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Rent the Entire Zoo!

Ever wondered what it would be like to host an event and the entire zoo is yours for the experience.  Contact one of our event specialists and we’ll walk you through how to rent the entire zoo.  Imagine your guests arriving to our main gate and your group is the only ones in the zoo.  It’s an experience that they’ll remember forever.  Entire zoo rental is seasonal and only available after hours.

Contact the Sales and Hospitality Team

We look forward to hosting your next event at the Denver Zoo.  Feel free to contact us and we’ll be with you shortly.

Phone: 720.337.1442