UTICA – Recent snow accumulation heralds the 2022 snowshoe season at the Utica Zoo. The UZ Snowshoe trail is a path that winds through the woods from Zebra View Pavilion, up to North Trek Trail and into the woods again before finishing off near the African Lion habitat. The entire hike is approximately one mile and is the perfect way for anyone interested in this unique, wintery past-time.
Snowshoe rental fees (all sizes) are $4/hour with a minimum of one hour (fee charged in hour increments). Payment is due upon return of snowshoes. Shoes must remain on zoo grounds and the rental charge does not include admission to the Utica Zoo. Enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own snowshoes to the zoo to walk the trail. Members do receive free admission with this program.
The last snowshoe rental occurs at 3:00 pm. Snowshoes and poles must be returned to the gift shop before 4:00 PM. Photo ID is required for rentals. Snowshoeing is available at the discretion of the staff and dependent on the condition of the trail. To minimize the damage to the equipment, at least six inches of snow must be on the ground to rent snowshoes and renters must use the designated trail only. Quantities are limited and rented on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation and is home to over 200 exotic and domestic animals, welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. The Utica Zoo is open to the public 363 days a year.
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