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Colorado State Capitol Tour Information

The Colorado State Capitol welcomes about 300,000 visitors annually, with nearly 70,000 visitors taking tours of our beautiful and historic Statehouse.  We welcome you to visit and learn more about this building, the work of our General Assembly, and our unique Colorado heritage.

Capitol tours are limited to 30 people.  If your group has 10 or more visitors or has special needs, you are required to make a reservation.

Demand for Capitol tours is high – group tour reservations can be made up to one calendar year in advance. Student group tours during the legislative session (January through May) are extremely popular and space is limited. Tour availability is not guaranteed as time slots do fill up quickly.

Building Hours

The Colorado State Capitol building is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The building is closed on weekends and most legal holidays.

We are unable to schedule formal tours the following dates:

  • Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, 2017 (CAPITOL CLOSED)
  • Monday, July 3, 2017
  • Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (CAPITOL CLOSED)
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 4, 2017 (CAPITOL CLOSED)
  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 9, 2017 (CAPITOL CLOSED)
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23, 2017 (CAPITOL CLOSED)
  • Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2017 (CAPITOL CLOSED)
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2018 (CAPITOL CLOSED)

All other dates are subject to availability.

If we are unable to schedule a tour for you, you are welcome to self-guide throughout the building but note that you will not be able to visit the dome on a self-guided tour.

Please note that student group tours are extremely popular and space is limited for Spring 2017.

TOUR AVAILABILITY IS NOT GUARANTEED AS TIME SLOTS DO FILL UP QUICKLY.

Tour Information
  • Public Statehouse tours are hourly 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  (In June and July ONLY, tours are offered on the hour and half hour.)
  • Tours last 45 minutes to an hour and include a trip to the dome. (Self-guided trips to the dome are NOT permitted).
  • There is no charge for tours.
  • All tours leave from the Visitor Services desk located on the first floor north wing.
  • Groups of 10 or less do not require a reservation.  Groups needing special accommodations may request a reservation for a group of less than 10 people..
  • All self-guided groups must be limited to less than 30 people.
  • For group reservations or more information, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/visit-learn.

Please call the tour desk at 303-866-2604 for updated tour and scheduling information or visit https://leg.colorado.gov/visit-learn.

Scheduled Tours
Public Tours (10 or less people-no special needs)

Groups of 10 or less do NOT require a reservation. Tours last one hour, are free of charge, and include a visit to the dome.  Tours begin on the hour 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Capitol Group Tours
Attic/Dome Tour

Mr. Brown's Attic is an exhibit area located between the third floor and the dome. It is devoted to Colorado's early history, capitol construction, legislative process, and has a children's interactive space. The dome walk is a 99-step climb to the observation area where there is a 360 degree view of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains. A closed-captioned video tour (near third floor elevators) is available for visitors who are unable or do not wish to make the climb.

Historical Tour

This is a 45-minute guided walk through the Capitol.  Information regarding early Capitol construction, stained glass artwork, Women's Gold Tapestry, Presidential portraits, Colorado’s lawmaking process, and much more is offered.  Tours are available year round.

Legislative Tour

This 45-minute legislative orientation for students may include a visit to the House and Senate Galleries and a possible meeting with a lawmaker.  Tours are available January - May.

Student and Adult group tours are very popular and space is limited.  Tours will fill.  Reservations for group tours can be made one calendar year in advance.  All group tours require an advance reservation.
Interim tours available:

Historical, Attic/Dome, and Lunch rotations (120 minutes in duration) available mid-May to mid-January.

Legislative Session Tours:

Historical, Legislative, Attic/Dome, and Lunch rotations (150 minutes in duration) available mid-January to mid-May.

Information For Student Groups

We are happy to welcome student groups. Please note that student group tours during the legislative session (January through May) are extremely popular and space is limited. We recommend making your reservation request early. TOUR AVAILABILITY IS NOT GUARANTEED AS TIME SLOTS DO FILL UP QUICKLY.

Historical and legislative tours, as well as attic tours and dome walks, are available for school groups. We recommend making your reservation request early, as tour availability is limited.

School Bus Parking

Effective July 2016

  • All tour buses visiting the Capitol must load and unload all passengers on the corner of Grant and Colfax.   Grant is one way southbound.
  • Bus driver must remain on and move the bus after unloading passengers.
  • No tour bus parking is allowed on Grant – loading and unloading ONLY.
  • Tour buses may park on the East side (ONLY) of Broadway between the hours of 9:30-2:30.  TOUR BUSES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE WEST SIDE OF BROADWAY.
  • For the safety of your passengers, LOADING AND UNLOADING ON BROADWAY IS NOT ALLOWED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  This area will be monitored closely.
The renovation of Civic Center Station has made these changes necessary.  The project is expected to last until December 2018.
Please allow plenty of travel time to adjust to these changes in parking.
 
School Group Lunch Area
The rotunda basement benches are available for student groups by reservation only. School groups should bring their lunches in laundry baskets or cardboard boxes or bins while visiting the Capitol.
Students are expected to be courteous and clean while eating their lunches, and mindful of the legislators, workers, and other visitors to our building.
Students are not allowed to eat their lunches sitting on the floor.

Capitol Visitor Services
Colorado Legislative Council
Room #029, State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1716

Visitor Information:
capitol.tours@state.co.us
(Ph) 303-866-2604