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“Colorado Gator Farm - AWESOME”

Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Mosca
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Owner description: Colorado Gators began in 1977 as a fish farm. The geothermal well is 2050 ft deep and 87 degrees. In 1987, the first alligators were brought in as 'garbage disposals' for dead fish. Some of these original gators are now 12 feet long. There are many species of reptiles on our farm, most of which come from uninformed pet owners. We take care of these animals and display them for education of the public.
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Colorado Gator Farm - AWESOME”
Reviewed 22 September 2010

A group of us drove down to Alamosa from Denver to visit the Colorado Gator Farm. Three guys in our group had signed up for the gator wrestling class. Everyone who came down had an unbelievable, unforgettable time!

You can get close (almost too close) to all of the gators with the regular price admission. Admission is $15, but you can find discount coupons in town. Feeding the gators is cheap too at only $1 or $2 per bucket of food. There are free-roaming tortoises on the grounds that can be "petted".

Everyone who goes on the regular tour gets to hold a little alligator that sort of serves as the farm's "pet". They will take your photo with your camera but also with theirs. They do offer prints of the photo taken by them. Prices in the gift shop seemed reasonable (for example $.99 for a 20 oz bottle of Aquafina water).

This is a working farm so it does smell a bit - but I thought it would be worse. I can imagine it's quite unpleasantly hot in the summertime. Be warned, there is not a ton of shade. Bring sunscreen. Also, the bathroom facilities are quite spartan and borderline gross. Try to go in Alamosa (18 miles south) before you come up.

If you are crazy enough, I would definitely recommend signing up for the alligator wrestling class. They do it Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays and will take up to 4 people in a group. The class costs $100 per person, and runs approximately 3 to 4 hours long. It's a cheap price for a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Just think of the stories you'll be able to tell your friends - that you wrestled an alligator.

The instructor takes some amazing up-close, in-the-action photos for you, and they burn them to CD as part of the class cost. Their photos are really awesome since they're taken literally a few feet away from the action. I was actually impressed by how well their pictures turned out.

The three guys in our group absolutely loved the gator wrestling/ handling class. They start you out on the smaller ones, then move up to the middle ones (strong & fast), then finally a big one (slower but stronger). Of course there is a waiver to be signed by all since you're handling wild animals. But for the most part, I didn't feel like the guys were in any real danger, and if they were, it would have been due to their own overly-energetic stupidity. Also, they will let you stop at any level/weight-class you don't feel comfortable with.

The instructor Jay was great. He was really laid-back, but he puts on a good show for the crowd too. He's only 165 lbs himself, so he is by no means a huge guy. He said he's had 100 lb women in the gator pens that have completed the class without problems.

I think if you just happened to pass through here on a normal weekday, you might find this place "just ok". But if you happened to pass through while there were "regular everyday people" (like our 3 guys) in the pens with the gators, it would be an awesome experience to see. All 3 guys in our group said it was a huge adrenaline rush.

Overall though, Colorado Gators was a great experience for our group. I can't wait to go back again! I might even sign up for the class next time - it looked fun!

8 Thank pfatalbert
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Madison, Alabama
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“alligator farm”
Reviewed 15 September 2010

I got to sit on one of these awesome creatures at the alligator farm and hold the mouth open while it was hissing at me.Good times!

3 Thank codepinko95
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Memphis, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
260 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Not worth the time or money”
Reviewed 28 June 2010

We had some time to kill after visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park and checking into our hotel in Alamosa, so someone at the Alamosa visitor's center recommended this place. We'd been to one in Hot Springs, AR that was really nice and fun. But this place is a rip off. They have signs that say this is a working farm and that's why its dirty and smells bad. I've spent time on working farms and this place is just plain nasty.

The only fun, kind of cute thing they do is let someone in your party hold a small alligator while they take your picture with their camera and yours, too, if you like.

We were there on a Wednesday afternoon in June and the place was virtually dead; maybe 10 - 15 visitors in the whole place.

I wouldn't waste my time or money visiting this place.

3 Thank Deb62862
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Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“We LOVED this place!!!”
Reviewed 2 April 2010

I know you have seen all the "see the world's biggest ball of yarn" type places that are just around to rip you off. This IS NOT one of them! This family operates a rescue facility for snakes, lizards, birds, alligators, crocs, turtles, tortoises and caymans. It's a real "farm" (it smells like it too!) and the owner family is working it. You get to visit, see all these animals in their environments and even hold a young alligator if you want. The staff is friendly and there are lots of informational bits on the animals so you can learn as you go. The big tortoises are out "roaming around" (if a bit slowly!); the two African Grey Parrots love to "talk" to you, and they have some unique animals including albino alligator and snake. And the "fee" they charge goes right back into care and feeding of these animals who were not able to be cared for before. So you can feel good about it!

4 Thank COSpgsFamily
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Salida, CO
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Fun time”
Reviewed 17 May 2009

We stopped by on a road trip and found it to be a very nice spot. The staff was very friendly, the critters great. Lots more than just alligators -- our 18-mo old touched a tortoise, saw the wallaby, fish, ostrich, snakes, and lizards. I wouldn't make a special trip to go there -- but if you're in the area (e.g. going to the Sand Dunes NP) this is definitely worth a stop!

1 Thank river.trout
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