August 25 - September 4

A Whirlwind of Wildlife: Uncovering Interesting Animals at the Colorado State Fair

Colorado’s biodiversity is rich and varied from farm critters to exotic wildlife. And every year at the Colorado State Fair, people from all walks of life can experience – up close and personal – some of the furry, fuzzy, slinky, and scaly featured animals that live in the Rocky Mountains.

Close-up of cow at the Colorado State Fair


Alpaca, llama, and sheep at petting zoo

Alpacas are known for their soft and luxurious wool. The docile creatures have become increasingly popular in the United States and in Colorado for their wool and as pack animals in the mountains. With their gentle demeanor and quirky personalities, alpacas delight animal lovers of all ages.


Woman feeding a llama

Watch long-necked, big-eared, wooly-coated llamas compete in obstacle courses and pack races during the State Fair. Llamas are closely related to alpacas and are growing in popularity as farm animals due to their docile natures.

Pygmy goats

A small boy feeding a goat

Come see cute pygmy goats in the livestock area of the Fair. Smaller than full-sized goats, pygmies are noted for their playful, friendly personalities. They are popular pets and can be used for milk and meat production at farms and ranches across the state.

Birds of prey

Hawk being held by professional handler

Birds of prey, such as hawks, falcons, and eagles, are renowned for their impressive hunting skills and soaring flights. See these majestic birds at the Colorado State Fair and even watch them in flight during a raptor demonstration. Visitors will also learn about the critical role these birds play in maintaining the delicate balance of nature.

The Colorado State Fair Petting Farm

Woman taking selfie with donkey

The petting farm is a family favorite, allowing people to get up close and personal with various friendly farm animals. Children and adults can pet goats, sheep, pigs, and rabbits and learn about these animals’ essential roles in agricultural and rural life in Colorado.

Visit the Animals at the Colorado State Fair

A team of Clydesdale horses pull a driver at the Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair offers a wonderful opportunity to experience diverse animal life in one place. From miniature donkeys to exotic birds, there’s something for every animal lover to enjoy. So, include the animal exhibits and habitats as part of your visit to the state fair. Have mountains of fun this summer at the Colorado State Fair, and learn more about the diversity of life in the Rocky Mountain West.

Buy your tickets online and come explore all the Colorado State Fair has to offer, from interesting animals to the Rodeo, music acts, and amazing food – the Fair has it all!

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