Will Rogers Memorial 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.
The 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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  • Enjoyed the view from the top. It is free with zoo admission. Only a 15 minute ride from the zoo. Only go if you attend the zoo.  more »
  • After the curviest narrow road to the top you could see the whole city! The memorial was beautiful and well kept. You wouldn't have to go to the top of the memorial building to see the views, they had...  more »
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  • So beautiful and so picturesque. The history and architecture are one of a kind. The staff are extremely nice and full of knowledge. They make your visit feel warm and caring. It is a final resting place and deserves that respect when you visit. Ask questions, read all the things available and take in the view. It offers a wonderful look at the history of many places in the area and is only accessible with zoo admission.
  • A pretty magical little place. All around it's breathtaking, but wait until you climb the 5/6 flights up steps up! Totally worth it though, I could have stayed up there all day!

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