• Gators sunbathing in the snow!
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Doug is an African Sulcata tortoise. He is currently only 20 years old and about 65 pounds, but could live up to 150 years and get to to 250 pounds!
  • 1 of 5 Albino Alligators now living at Colorado Gators.
  • Scott, Jason, Jay, and Brandton pose for a once in a lifetime photo as they move 4 new Albino Alligators into their new homes at Colorado Gators
  • Leopard Gecko
  • Rocky Mountain White Tilapia
  • Sad fish. Happy Gator!

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Colorado Gators is a family oriented, educational facility that focuses on full use of natural and recycled resources.  Our goal is to maintain an integrated ecosystem while providing educational opportunities and viable farm products.

The History of Colorado Gators  Erwin and Lynne Young moved from Post, Texas to Alamosa, Colorado in September, 1974 with their four children, Mark, Mike, Sherri, and Jay.  Erwin learned of the geothermal water resources available in the Valley and wanted to grow Tilapia, an African perch that requires warm water and is very good to eat.

In 1977 they purchased the 80 acre farm that is now Colorado Gators Reptile Park.  It wasn’t until 1987 that they purchased 100 baby alligators to dispose of dead fish and the remains of filleted fish.

Those baby gators grew quickly in the warm geothermal water (87° F) and the locals wanted to see them, so we opened to the public in 1990.  Soon we were in the spotlight of many media programs and articles.  Individuals with overgrown alligators and other reptiles such as large pythons, tortoises, iguanas, and more started dropping them off with us.

We have become a sanctuary for unwanted exotic pets and we care for them as best we can.  We display them for the public to understand the dangers in owning these pets and we take them to schools for educational programs.