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Capitol Tours 
The Capitol is open Monday-Friday, 7:30-5:00.  Free guided tours are available Monday-Friday at 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm.
Capitol tours are limited to 20 people on a first come, first served basis.  All tours begin at the Visitor Information Desk, north side, first floor. 

PLEASE CALL ON THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT TO CONFIRM OUR TOUR SCHEDULE.  SCHEDULED TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELATION IN CONSIDERATION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS.

Capitol 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.  A closed-captioned video tour (near the third floor elevators) is available for visitors who are unable or do not wish to make the climb.  Self-guided tours of the dome are not permitted.

Two entrances are available for Capitol visitors.  You may enter the building on the north side (Colfax and Sherman Avenues), up the stairs, or use the ADA accessible ground level entrance (14th and Sherman Avenues), under the stairs.

 

We are unable to schedule tours the following dates

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 (Capitol open for self-guided tours only.  Mr. Brown's Attic museum and the dome observation area will be closed.)

Friday, December 23, 2022 (Capitol open for self-guided tours only.  Mr. Brown's Attic museum and the dome observation area will be closed.)

Christmas holiday observed - Monday, December 26, 2022 (Capitol closed)

Monday, January 2, 2023 (Capitol closed)

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BUILDING HOURS

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 Hai Hai's 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

South entrance (14th Avenue and Sherman Street), ground level under the stairs – all visitors 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.
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