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Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Colorado Springs

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Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, also known as Will Rogers Shrine, is a commemorative tower and chapel on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is named for Will Rogers, the American humorist, who died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935 during construction of the shrine. It is also a tomb for the remains of Spencer Penrose – who built many of the city's prominent properties, including the neighboring Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and The Broadmoor resort – and his wife Julie. Completed by Penrose in 1937, the shrine is a 100ft, five story observation tower that overlooks The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, and Garden of the Gods.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 for its artistic and architectural qualities.GeographyThe Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is located at 8,136ft in elevation. It is about 1,500ft in elevation above Colorado Springs, and is also above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on the side of Cheyenne Mountain. Views of the Rampart Range, Colorado Springs, and the plains can be seen from the site on a promontory on the mountain, which is accessed via the Cheyenne Mountain Highway. The road to the shrine is restricted at the toll gate to individuals who have purchased Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tickets.
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  • We went through the zoo in order to get here. Some great views up and down the winding road that leads to the top of the mountain. Once you get to the top, there's a nice Welcome Center and then it's ...  more »
  • This is a great shrine, near the zoo up on Cheyenne Mountain. We dropped by here on the way back from rappelling.  more »
  • What a surprising shrine! Not only do you drive through part of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to get there, the views are stunning and the shrine is much bigger and more informative than I expected. You w...  more »
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  • Make a point of getting up here if your in the area or visit the zoo. Fantastic views. You can go into the shrine and climb all the way to the deck at the top, it is incredible.
  • Awesome place to vistit. Great tour and the view from there its beatiful. Unique place!
  • A nice "freebie" add-on to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Fantastic views of Colorado Springs and the front range from the top.
  • This place is so beautiful and serene! It is a Shrine built to Will Rogers by his friend Spencer Penrose. It is 100 feet tall and features pictures documenting the life of Will Rogers. Spencer Penrose and his wife are buried here along with two of their friends. The Shrine sits on Cheyenne Mountain, above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. A definite must see!!
  • Beautiful view definitely use the free entry from the zoo to go