The Capitol building houses the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and the Department of the Treasury. The elected officials in the building work to make laws and administer state government.
The Capitol building was designed by Elijah E. Myers, and its construction lasted from 1886 through 1901. The Colorado Capitol was designed on an axis in the form of a Greek cross and resembles the basic design of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. The cost of the construction was about $3 million. The cost of replicating this building today is impossible to determine.
The exterior walls of the Capitol are constructed of granite quarried near Gunnison Colorado. The pink stone seen throughout the Capitol is rose onyx discovered near Beulah, Colorado. This coloration of onyx has never been found anywhere else in the world. The floors of the Capitol are constructed of yule marble from Marble, Colorado.
In 1908 Colorado gold miners made a gift of 200 ounces of gold to gild the dome. Rising 272 feet above the ground, the gleaming gold dome on the Colorado Capitol is a fitting tribute to the history of our state.
We are pleased to announce that we are offering free guided tours of the Capitol, beginning June 16, 2021.
MASKS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED WHILE ON TOUR.
SCHEDULED TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION 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. 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.)
The Capitol is open Monday-Friday, 7:30-5:00. Daily tours are available Monday-Friday at 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm. Capitol tours are limited to 15 people, first come first serve.
THE NORTH ENTRANCE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. TO ENTER THE CAPITOL, USE THE SOUTH ENTRANCE, UNDER THE STAIRS, AT 14th AVENUE AND SHERMAN STREET.
We are not able to provide guided tours the following dates -
Friday, December 24, 2021 (The Capitol will be open for self-guided tours only. Mr. Brown's Attic and the dome observation area will be closed.)
Friday, December 31, 2021 (The Capitol will be open for self-guided tours only. Mr. Brown's Attic and the dome observation area will be closed.)
Monday, January 3, 2022 (The Capitol will be open for self-guided tours only. Mr. Brown's Attic and the dome observation area will be closed.)
Can't visit in person? Take our virtual tour here.