Will Rogers Shrine is an historic monument built in the 1930s by philanthropist Spencer Penrose. Penrose created the famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and financed the construction of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo where the Will Rogers Shrine is located. A visit to the shrine is included in the admission to the zoo whether you want to see the zoo or not so you might as well take a stroll through the wonderful zoo.
The shrine is a castle rook like structure that offers sweeping views of Colorado Springs. Sitting at over 8,000 feet the view from the top deck is well worth the short drive up through the zoo. The Will Rogers Shrine makes for a nice little bonus to a day at the zoo.
Penrose named it after Will Rogers who died in plane clash while in the middle of construction. The Will Rogers Shrine has several floors the first housing multiple paintings depicting the development of the Colorado Springs area each proceeding area showing off the life and times of Will Rogers. There is also a chapel area on the lowest floor and a visiting area and garden.
The Will Rogers Shrine is definitely an interesting piece of architecture and the views from the top are some of the best in the Colorado Springs area. However I would not pay the admission price to the zoo just to see the shrine. Luckily the zoo is a great one so it makes paying to see the shrine worth it.
Will Rogers Shrine
Located at 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
Hours of Operation May 1st to Labor Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. closes an hour earlier the rest of the year
Cost as of this Posting Free with paid admission to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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