Make Your Own Adventure at This Abandoned Zoo in Cisco, Texas
If you're looking for a unique road trip this fall or winter, this could be the adventure for you. This road trip will take you almost to Abilene in the western part of Texas in the little town of Cisco. This town was once home to a small zoo with what was home to the world's largest man made pool at the time. It has long been abandoned but locals have taken to the area to clean it up and turn it into a walking trail for all the see.
Cisco Zoo History
In the 1920's and 30's, the little town of Cisco was home to a small zoo. This zoo was home to a few animals including a deer and a bear. There were also stone structures that visitors could stay in on the grounds of the zoo. Close by is Lake Cisco with a huge dam. Below that dam, a large man made pool was built that visitors could swim in.
The zoo, however, proved to be a short lived attraction. The zoo would close, and with no one to take care of it, would fall into disrepair. The man made pool under the dam would remain open into the early 80's. Find out some more details about the Cisco Zoo HERE and HERE.
A non profit group called SAFE (Students, Athletics, Families and Education) got a group of people together to go through the old zoo and clean up some of the overgrown areas. A couple of walking trails were added and the old zoo is now open to hike through and see what old structures still remain.
The Zoo Today
It is now known as the Old Zoo Nature Trails. Plans will continue for more improvements to the area. Take a virtual tour of the walking trail below and see if this may be a cool adventure for you and your friends or family this spring or summer.