The drive through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and up the road to the Will Rogers Shrine is very fun! At the parking lot they've added an educational exhibit about Mr. & Mrs. Penrose with many historical photos and a timeline. There is also a model of the shrine with additional information. The shrine building itself is just lovely and the view over Colorado Springs (and nearby Broadmoor Resort and golf course) is breathtaking. It's not as high as Pikes Peak, of course, but it much warmer and things can be seen better.
The architecture of the building is very neat and to think all the stones were made from one huge, 6000-pound boulder is amazing it itself. The chapel is neat, as are the rooms with historical items. The wrap-around overlook deck is neat with its plaques marking buildings and areas on the view.
We're really glad we drove up. However, a word of warning. If you drive up near closing time (for the shrine), which is 4 pm in the summer, and you drive out the gate, you cannot get back into the zoo even though it closes at 6 pm. We cut our zoo visit short to drive up to the shrine, and when we came back down around 5 pm, we couldn't finish our visit. The zoo does not allow any admissions past 4pm. My son and I snuck back in when a family came out of an exit door. It felt like cheating, but we felt cheated out of our last hour of "time" at the zoo.
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