Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Colorado Springs

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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  • Admission to the monument is included with your admission to the Cheyenne Mountion Zoo. You drive about three miles above the zoo along a winding road to the monument and walk up the 108 steps (at ove...  more »
  • With the receipt from your entrance to the Cheyenne Zoo (which is now one of my favorite zoos and DEFINITELY worth a visit!), you can drive up the one mile road to the top of the mountain to the Shrin...  more »
  • There is a great vies of Colorado Springs from the top of the Will Rogers Shrine. The only way to the top is up the stairs.  more »
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  • I actually really enjoyed visiting the Will Roger's Shrine of the Sun. It's great that the entrance fee is included in the cost of entry into the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The views from the tower are very nice. If you are afraid of heights, like my wife is, then the steep stairs up to the different levels of the tower might be a little nerve wracking. But really, it's not bad at all, and the views are definitely worth every step you will take up the tower. Don't miss out on this attraction. It is definitely worth the visit.
  • Very interesting construction. Terrific views. Very scenic drive through the zoo and up the mountain to get to the shrine. Worth the trip if you have never been. Bathrooms located behind the welcome center.
  • Oh my goodness! What a treat! Go, see & tell everyone you know about this wonderful, local treasure.
  • GORGEOUS views at the top. We didn't know you have to pay the zoo entrance fee to get through so we had to drive back and drop our dog off at home and then drive back up. We decided to scope out the zoo and it was even more amazing! I got to feed a giraffe and pet them. Beautiful zoo and animals (I did a separate review on that). Go check it out, you won't be disappointed!
  • The view from up there is absolutely amazing, the only thing better is from Pikes Peak on a clear day. I would highly recommend going there it is beautiful

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