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We are pleased to announce that we are again offering free guided tours of the Capitol, beginning June 16, 2021. 

These tours take about an hour and include a trip to the dome observation area.  The dome is a 99 step climb above the 3rd floor and is accessible by stairs only.  If you are not able to make the climb, we offer a video presentation of the dome on the third floor.  (Self-guided tours of the dome are not permitted.)

Daily tours will be available at 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm.  Capitol tours are limited to 15 people, first come first serve.

Please note our tour schedule is subject to change.  We recommend that you call on the day of your visit for updated tour information.  You can reach us at 303-866-2604.  

We are not able to provide guided tours the following dates - 

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Monday, July 5, 2021

Note that the dome observation area will be closed for repairs starting in late June 2021 (date to be determined).

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BUILDING HOURS

Please note that the Capitol is closed until further notice. (Updated June 16, 2020)

The Colorado State Capitol building is open to the public from 7:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The building is closed on weekends and most federal holidays.

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.

CAFETERIA

Breakfast, lunch, snack items and drinks are available at the Capitol Café, located in the basement of the Capitol.

GIFT DESK

Souvenirs including t-shirts, note cards, holiday ornaments, and a small selection of Capitol related books are available for sale at the Visitor Services desk on the first floor. We accept cash, check, or credit cards. Checks can be made out to the State of Colorado.

PARKING - Buses

See below for detailed information.

PARKING- Persons with Disabilities

A limited number of parking spaces are available first come first serve in the Capitol circle for visitors with disabled parking permits. Enter at 14th and Sherman and notify the Colorado State Patrol at the entrance to use these spots. Disability placards or license plates are required.

PARKING - Public

Parking is not available onsite at the Capitol. Metered parking and pay lots are located nearby.

Search for parking options online at the City of Denver’s parking website: http://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/home-page/lots-and-garages....

PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY

Photographs are allowed and encouraged during your Capitol tour, but flash photography is not allowed in the Senate or House galleries during the legislative session.

PUBLIC BUILDING ENTRANCES

North entrance (Colfax Avenue and Sherman Street), first floor – public and group entrance.

South entrance (14th Avenue and Sherman Street), basement (ground) level – visitors with special needs should use this entrance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The Capitol is located one block southeast of Civic Center Station, which can be accessed by light rail from the 16th Street Mall. Visit the RTD website for bus and light rail options and schedules - http://www.rtd-denver.com/.

PARKING - BUSES
  • 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.

Please allow plenty of travel time to adjust to these changes in parking.  

Gallery Rules

Visitors are welcome to watch legislative proceedings from the public galleries on the 3rd floor. ADA seating is available in the galleries.

Please be respectful of Gallery rules:

  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off.
  • Gentlemen must remove their hats.
  • Food, drink or water bottles are not permitted.
  • Signs or banners of any kind are prohibited. (As they are throughout the Capitol).

 

  • Visitors are not allowed to stand at railings nor place any belongings on the stairs or in the aisles. This includes the public, staff, legislators, lobbyists, legislative aides and interns, press.
  • Guests shall remain quiet at all times.
  • Applause and cheering are not allowed.
  • When the Speaker or President bangs the gavel and asks that everyone rise for the Morning Prayer, guests must stand.