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Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

As if the city of Colorado Springs wasn’t already fascinating enough, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is a destination you should include on your bucket list.

Constructed between 1934 and 1937, the shrine is one of our incredible local landmarks created by Spencer Penrose. Penrose was a huge fan of Will Rogers, a humorist and wild west comedic actor during the early days of motion pictures. Rogers, unfortunately, died in a plane crash in 1935 before the Shrine was completed. However, once inside, visitors will enjoy many images and videos of Will Rogers in action as seen through his films.

Access to the Shrine is included with your admission to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, another great attraction! Simply drive up to the gate and the attendant will give you quick and easy instructions for your journey through the Zoo and up the mountainside.

Upon arrival you will be mesmerized by the view of the surrounding mountains to the West and the sprawling plains to the East. As you enter the shrine, you can begin with a stop inside the visitor center to gather some interesting history of Rogers and the Shrine then take a short walk through the stone archway and up the path to the Shrine itself. The Shrine is a 5-story marvel standing at 100 feet and having been constructed from cut stone obtained from a single boulder!

The Shrine also serves as a memorial to Spencer and Julie Penrose. Their tombs are located on the lower level. You can access the upper levels via a narrow staircase while you enjoy views and pieces of Will Roger’s history on every floor.

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is sure to surprise and delight all who visit and at an elevation of 8,136 feet it will take your breath away! As you look down from the shrine, you will see beautiful residential neighborhoods, Garden of the Gods, the Black Forest, the Colorado Springs Airport as well as the unmistakable Broadmoor Resort. The nearby residential communities of Broadmoor Resort Community and Broadmoor Heights offer some great homes for sale with the added bonus of hearing the chimes throughout the day. Stay tuned to the Springs Homes Facebook page to see my upcoming listing of a remodel in Broadmoor Heights.

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun attraction is open daily except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 9 AM – 4 PM. It is recommended to call ahead during inclement weather.

Plan your family visit today!

boo at the zoo

Favorite October Activity…BOO at the ZOO!

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This year it saddens me to write about this.  My daughter, age 13, is too cool to dress up and go to the zoo with me now.  But when she was younger, BOO at the Zoo was one of our favorite Halloween activities!   Our local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosts the event for a few weeks every October.  Children dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating at the zoo.   Giraffes and other animal exhibits are open, and you can ride the old ski lift to the top of the mountain overlooking the brilliant city lights of Colorado Springs.   Here is an excerpt from their web site:

 

Boo at the Zoo

Come See the Original Creatures of the Night!

It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans!

Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home!
 

Dates

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 23 – 24 – 25
Friday & Saturday, October 30 – 31

Time

4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – with the last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m.

Please NOTE: The Zoo will close early for day visits at 3 p.m. on all seven Boo at the Zoo evenings, with the last ticket of the day sold at 2 p.m. Guests must exit the Zoo at 3 p.m. Last Sky Ride is at 2:30 p.m. and the Shrine Road closes at 1 p.m. The Zoo will open for Boo at the Zoo at 4 p.m.

 

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