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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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To experience the scenic beauty surrounding Colorado Springs while on holiday, consider staying at a resort just outside the city, offering sweeping views of the mountains plus access to championship golf courses, tennis courts, and spa/fitness facilities. You can also discover Colorado's great outdoors by pitching a tent at one of the area's many campgrounds, or by renting a cozy cottage or mountain cabin.  If you prefer to stay near downtown, consider a moderately priced inn or motel, located a short walk from the city's finest shops and restaurants.
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  • Only accessible with Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo admission, we went up after our visit to the zoo. Just show your receipt and they'll open the gate and you'll drive through the zoo. My daughter and husband walk...  more »
  • The view of the city is incredible. A must see for any visitor of Colorado Springs. Incredible history. Come and experience this beauty in our backyard.  more »
  • This attraction is included with admission to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and is well worth the mile and a half drive up the switch back filled road. Wonderful vistas and a glimpse into teh history of t...  more »
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  • This was really cool. The ranger was very friendly. It's neat to think all those got brought up there.
  • Drove up to find Cheyenne Mt. Road blocked by zoo gate. Have to buy zoo admission to go up road to shrine. Years ago you could just drive up and visit. Should make zoo admission required more prominent in general information about attraction.
  • This is a great place. A must see. If you're visiting the zoo just make the drive to the top and take a look. Loved it.
  • This place is great!!! But the employee by the name of George is RUDE!!!! He made me feel uncomfortable and was harassing me and my fiancé! I called a few weeks back asking if I could take photos in this area I was told I could as long as I was not in any ones way of entering or leaving! I didn’t know what this location was and asked if you could get married up there of course the gentlemen explained what the location was and after that I knew you couldn't get married up their. I asked if i could take photos and again I was told yes just make sure not to block anyone!!! This passed weekend was a nightmare this man stood there questioning me about why I was taking photos asking how long it would take and if they would be in a magazine! He accused me of never calling and stated he was the only one who worked there and I NEVER CALLED!!! I have visited this area for many years and never once have I felt like I should just leave!!! There is no reason for this person to act this way the Shrine does not belong to you and I was not harming anyone!!! I also drove six hours just to be rushed for no reason!!!
  • Pretty neat spot. When you go to the zoo, you then use the ticket to drive through the zoo, to get to the shrine.