Will Rogers Shrine

Spectacular from Afar.
Breathtaking from the Top.

This historic monument is only 1.4 miles up the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway from the Zoo entrance. Built by Spencer Penrose between 1934 and 1937, it stands dedicated to Will Rogers who died in a plane crash in 1935. The elevation of the shrine is 8,136 feet on the top deck and provides breathtaking views of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. Learn More...


A trip to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is included in your Zoo admission for that day, whether you choose to visit the Zoo or not.
You must stop at the Zoo Front entry to pay your Zoo admission prior to driving up through the Zoo to the Will Rogers Shrine.


Drive up to the Zoo entrance gate and show your admission receipt.

The Shrine road is a driving only road, no walking or biking is permitted except once a year when Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sponsors a Run to the Shrine event..

Days & Times

Summer Months - May 1 to Labor Day, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter Months - Labor Day to April 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Maybe closed due to weather without prior notice.

Contact Us

For further information, please call (719)578-5367 or email eneal@elpomar.org

Holiday Closings

The shrine is closed on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day

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