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“A harried drive up the side of the mountain but great views.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun

Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A harried drive up the side of the mountain but great views.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Spensor Penrose (built the Broadmoor) is buried up here, along with his wife Julie. They call it the Will Rogers shrine but that's an after thought. This is really just a fancy crypt for the couple. Julie Penrose used to play records over speakers from this lofty perch. They still ring out the hours as a somewhat less intrusive tribute to her stax of wax days.. Fifteen minutes and you'll be ready to jump in the car and find something else to do.

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English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Serenity in the hills”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Shrine to the great humorist is located on a mountain ridge with great view of the Colorado Springs metropolis. I liked the quiet and breezy visit, and especially the scenery. Outside stairway can be a bit scary. Reach this attraction by driving to the Colorado Springs Zoo and continuing up the mountain.

Visited November 2012
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North Dakota
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148 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Surprising, Fun, Learned Something!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Went here on a whim, because every night I see the shrine lit up on the hilltop in the distance and I had to see it! Very interesting and well cared for place - good information presented attractively. Enjoyed!

Visited September 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Step back into history, and enjoy the view of the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

It looks like you are about to explore a castle, but go inside this tower and find a look back into the life of Will Rogers. This shrine was built to memorialize his life by his good friend, Spencer Penrose, whose remains are in a chapel below the tower, along with his wife's and another good friend. There is a fantastic mural depicting the history of the area on the ground level. You can climb all the steps to the top for a fantastic view of Colorado Springs and vicinity. Every hour, you get treated to the pealing of the bells. To access the shrine, you buy admission to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Make sure to allow time for the shrine, because they close the gate to it before the zoo closes.

Visited September 2012
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Black Forest, Co.
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Surprising Venue!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you're looking for a surprise in the area...take the time to go thru the Cheyenne mountain zoo and drive up to the shrine!... Beautiful gardens/paths next to the multi-story monument which you can climb up a series of steps for views along the way and at the top are scaryily beautiful... Not for the faint of heart, but if you don't want the thrill of a multi-story granite tower climb on the edge of a mountain...just come up for a picnic on the grounds... Many tourists and locals miss this venue...and they shouldn't!!!! There's a bit of a surprise in store regarding the origin of the shrine!!!

Visited May 2012
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