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Will Rogers isn't buried here--but Spencer Penrose is

The Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, also known as the Will Rogers Shrine, is a magnificent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Taylor B
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Kinda random but super pretty !

We have a zoo pass so the mysterious shrine is part of the package. The drive right THROUGH the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
HeddyInBrazil
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, also known as the Will Rogers Shrine, is a magnificent piece of architecture, a 100-foot, five-story, observation tower on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that overlooks Colorado Springs, the Broadmoor resort and the Garden of the Gods. It is a commemorative tower and chapel that is named after Will Rogers, the American humorist who died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935 during construction of the shrine. Rogers isn't buried here. But the shrine does contain the tomb of noted philanthropist and developer Spencer Penrose, who built many of the city's prominent properties, including the neighboring Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Broadmoor. The shrine was completed in 1937 at a height of 8,136 feet above seal level. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 for its artistic and architectural qualities. The building is a Romanesque Revival style with buttresses, an ornately decorated iron and brass door and narrow leaded windows. It is constructed of granite, steel, cement, iron and brass. Its roof was built of ceramic title. There were no nails or wood used in its construction. The interior has terrazzo floors, marble and ironwork. Stairs lead to the upper floors. The shrine is partly named for the views of the rising and setting sun. Will Rogers is memorialized in images of his life displayed throughout the interior. In addition, the Pikes Peak region's history is depicted in a 340-square-foot mural by Randall Davey, an artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. And a statue of Will Rogers by Jo Davidson and a bronze bust of Spencer Penrose by Avard Fairbanks. Davey painted murals on the first floor of the monument and the first two levels of the stairway, illustrating scenes of Native Americans, Zebulon Pike's travels, Cripple Creek mining, Colorado Springs founder William Jackson Palmer and Spencer Penrose. The next three floors contain a photographic history of Will Rogers from his early childhood days in Oklahoma through his time on stage, screen and radio. The last mural is of Rogers and aviator Wiley Post taken just prior to their fatal crash. It's an interesting look at one of the most popular figures of the 20th century. The grounds are kept impeccably clean and the views are magnificent.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have a zoo pass so the mysterious shrine is part of the package. The drive right THROUGH the zoo, right through, very slowly , then up the semi steep, semi freakishly high( yet beautiful )road . Just when you aren’t sure if you wanna drive any higher there awaits the mini castle in all its glory. The views are really beautiful and the grounds kept impeccably clean. You can walk the stairs to the tippity top floor . Also outside the shrine is a look out point . We really enjoyed it .

Thank HeddyInBrazil
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

If you're looking for an interesting piece of history and great views, this is the spot to be.

This shrine is simply that—a shrine. It's not exactly a museum, although it's full of photos of Will Rogers and murals from the early days of Colorado Springs. There's a chapel in the basement where several people are buried, and there are great views from the tower and terraces, but not much beyond that. I probably wouldn't recommend this for families with small children—lots of heights and not much to keep their interest.

I don't think it's worth the price of admission if you're just going for the shrine and not the zoo, but if you're at the zoo and don't have kids, I'd recommend a drive up the mountain to visit the tower.

Thank Abigail Y
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

We expected a lot of cool things to see but really it's just a monument you can climb and look out over. It wasn't worth the extra hassle to get to the top.

Thank ColoradoTravelsWorld
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

This is a very simple and beautiful place to visit. YOU WILL NEED TO PAY FOR A DAY AT THE ZOO. Make sure you make time for this. Don't wait until close to go up. I easily spent hour and half taking the photos and enjoying the peace and quite.

Thank SirSmoke
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Reviewed 1 September 2018

Most people under 50 don't even know who Will rogers is but its a very interesting and beautiful drive and structure. His life and death are inspiring.

Thank Departure627298
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

Since the memorial was included in the price of our zoo ticket we decided to take a drive to the top of the mountain and have a look. The drive up there is not for the faint of heart; it is very narrow with lots of turns but it does get the blood pumping! Once you get up there the views are amazing. Lot's of steps to climb to reach the top but it's worth the climb. Many interesting things to read as you view the shrine. Well worth it!!

Thank joefromjohnsisland
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

Spent an hour here learning about the history of both Will Rogers and the Penrose Rose family. The shrine, the views and the rich history was an unexpected treat on our visit to the zoo!

Thank Georgeanna W
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

If you go to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo then do yourself a favor, and pay to do the Will Rogers Shrine as well. This place will leave you breathless with the view of Colorado Springs, and the pictures they have hanging all over the inside of the building.

1  Thank Dwayne A
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

after spending time in the zoo we wanted to see Will Rogers Shrine, not knowing we literally drive thru the zoo; after driving through the spectators it is a steep drive up with wonderful views.

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