Penrose Heritage Museum


The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience simulates the numerous switchbacks of the Pikes Peak Highway, offering visitors a feel for the 12.42 mile track winding to the summit of the 14,110 foot mountain, and houses vehicles spanning more than a century. The museum’s 1906 Reading Standard was the first flathead motorcycle engine offered by an American manufacturer. The company slogan “Built and Tested in the Mountains” was adopted after a Reading Standard motorcycle became the first motorized vehicle to climb Pikes Peak.  The crushed Mitsubishi Evo from Jeremy Foley’s dramatic 2012 mountainside crash is another highlight of the museum, and a testament to innovations in safety and technology.

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun 

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The Shrine, which stands 114 feet high, was fashioned from a single sheet of Cheyenne Mountain granite and completed in 1937. It was constructed entirely without nails and wood, but was bound together by 200,000 pounds of steel and 30 wagonloads of cement. The name of the Shrine was in dedication to actor, philosopher and humorist Will Rogers after his untimely death.

Tragically, Rogers died in a plane crash in 1935. Photographs of Rogers’ life are displayed in the stairways and enclaves.  Through a separate entrance in the lower level of the Shrine are the tombs of Julie and Spencer Penrose, founders of the El Pomar Foundation