Spectacular from afar. Breathtaking from the top.
This historic monument is 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 Will Rogers Shrine is 8,136 feet on the top deck and provides breathtaking views of Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Region and Eastern Plains. Learn more.
Your Zoo admission includes a drive to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun 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 road to the Shrine of the Sun is drive-up only; no walking or biking is permitted (except during Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s annual Run to the Shrine in May).
Oct. 15 to March 31 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last car up at 3 p.m.)
April 1 to Oct. 14 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last car up at 4 p.m.)
Holiday closings and hours
The Shrine is closed on most holidays, except for a few during the summer, see below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – closed
President’s Day – closed
Good Friday – closed
Easter – closed
Columbus Day – closed
Memorial Day – OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last car up at 4 p.m.)
Independence Day – OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last car up at 4 p.m.)
Labor Day – OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last car up at 4 p.m.)
Veteran’s Day – closed
Thanksgiving Day – closed
Day after Thanksgiving – closed
Christmas Eve – closed
Christmas Day – closed
New Year’s Eve – closed
New Year’s Day – closed
– The Shrine is owned and operated by El Pomar Foundation, and may have different hours of operation than the Zoo.
– The Shrine is subject to closure due to inclement weather, adverse road conditions and special events. Please call ahead to confirm.
– Anytime the Zoo closes early, the last car up to the Shrine will be one hour prior to the Zoo’s closing time (the same time as our last Zoo admission).