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Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun

4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719 578 5367
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Colorado Springs
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Penrose family loved Will Rogers and were great friends of his. This shrine is just adorable and gives some history of the Penrose family and their love and contribution to Colorado Springs' founding.

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Wylie, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

After the day at the zoo, head up to the Shrine for some history and awesome views. It's included in your zoo entry fee.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The shrine itself personally wasn't anything special, but the views from the top are simply breathtaking!! You can see so much and see so far from the height up there. If you're visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo be sure to visit the shrine while you're in there as well. You drive up there in your own vehicle, just go up... More

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Monument, Colorado
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I've been there several time but never tire of the beautiful setting and wonderful views. The structure itself is unique and interesting. We always enjoyed climbing up inside and walking around it.

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The shrine built by and for Spencer and Julia Penrose from 1934-1937 is an impressive engineering feat standing 114ft tall near the top of Cheyenne Mountain. As we drove up the winding road through hairpin turns, we asked ourselves how the road was engineered in the early 20th century, and then how the shrine was built. The shrine is serene... More

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Nampa, Idaho
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I only see this shrine to Will Rogers from a distance at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, but I want to go there next time i'm in the area from seeing what I am able! It would be so cool to read the tributes, see him in stone and just revere a little more this giant of a man who helped... More

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Hamilton, ON
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89 reviews 89 reviews
5 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The shrine is a fascinating attraction that not only gives you a great view of Colorado Springs, it also teaches you a lot about the life of Will Rogers (the shrine's namesake), and Spencer Penrose (the shrine's builder, who is currently entombed in the shrine). Unfortunately, because the only access road to the shrine goes through the Cheyenne Zoo, you... More

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Moore, Oklahoma
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Long trip to the top. Not much to see once we got up there. Long staircase to an overlook, nice view.

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Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I sort of reviewed this when talking about the Cheyenne Zoo. it's a very tall castle like building high in the mountains. Admission is including with Zoo ticket. You drive up to it by going through the zoo entrance gate verfying your admissions ticket. Is steep and small road but if going slow enough not really an issue. So high... More

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new york
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Came with the admission to the zoo(which is well worth it too) Drive up mountain was steep alittle scary but welll worth it. once up at the shrine the view was magnificent. The idea that they built this out of one boulder amazing!!

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