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“Great view of Colorado Springs and eastward!”

Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun
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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great view of Colorado Springs and eastward!”
Reviewed August 6, 2005

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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Beautiful view!”
Reviewed October 17, 2004

Beautiful view of Colorado Springs! The drive up was a bit scary - windy road up Cheyenne Mt with not much for side rails. There are many stairs inside the shrine to climb up - expect to be out of breath due to the low oxygen at that altitude. You could also see Pike's Peak for here - it looked smaller since you were closer to it! Neat place to visit. Admission to go there was included in our zoo ticket for that day.

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