Exploring Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to more than 800 animals, representing some 142 species from around the world. It focuses on conservation, captive breeding, and of course allowing the public an opportunity to connect with animals.
The zoo first began in 1926 and over the past two decades has worked hard at improving the facility. In the 1990s and early 2000s the zoo opened several new exhibits and has more planned for the future. Some of the highlights include the Asian Highlands, Lions Lair, African Rift Valley, and the Rocky Mountain Wild, among others.
There are also many fun activities, particularly for kids. The Mountaineer Sky Ride takes visitors in an open air chairlift over the zoo, with fabulous views of the surroundings. Train rides, pony rides, and giraffe feeding are also favorite past times at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Address: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906-5755, United States
Will Rogers Shrine Of The Sun
Above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is the Will Rogers Shrine Of The Sun. This stone memorial to the famous humorist, is situated at an elevation of over 8,000 feet. It was built in the 1930s by Spencer Penrose. From the top deck are beautiful views over the city and beyond, but the entire journey up the road to the shrine is filled with fabulous views.
Perched on the hillside, the shrine looks like an old fortress, with an observation tower that stands 80 feet high. Inside are historical murals by Randall Davey, a New Mexico artist. There is also a photographic display on the life of Will Rogers. Rogers, a friend of Penrose, was killed in a plane crash in Alaska while the structure was being built. Penrose in turn dedicated the tower to Rogers.
The price of admission is included with admission to the zoo.
Address: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906-5728, United States