COLORADO STATE CAPITOL TOUR INFORMATION
The Colorado State Capitol welcomes about 250,000 visitors annually, with nearly 60,000 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. Groups of 10 or more are required to make a reservation. Demand for Capitol tours is high – please schedule your tour at least four weeks 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.
Please Note – The House and Senate Chambers are currently undergoing the second phase of a restoration project. Through early January 2016, views of the chambers are obstructed and the House and Senate Galleries are closed.
Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2015 (CAPITOL BUILDING CLOSED)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
- Public Statehouse tours are hourly 10:00am-3:00pm
In June and July ONLY, tours are offered on the hour and half hour
- Tours last 30-45 minutes 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://www.colorado.gov/capitoltour or call 303 866 2604
Please call the tour desk at 303 866 2604 for updated tour and scheduling information or visit http://colorado.gov/capitoltours
Join us on Friday, July 31st in celebration of Colorado’s 139th birthday! Our Colorado Day celebration will include fun activities for the family and a living history presentation at noon.
*Note that August 1st is Colorado Day but because the Capitol is closed on weekends, we are celebrating a day early.
TEMPORARY EXHIBIT NOW ON VIEW AT THE COLORADO STATE CAPITOL
Visit the 3rd floor to see mineral treasures on loan from Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum. For more information and to see QR card text and illustrations, visit Colorado Mining and Mineral History on Display Facebook Page.
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.
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 legal holidays.
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
GIFT DESK AND CAFETERIA
Selected 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. Cash or check only. Checks can be made out to the State of Colorado.
Breakfast, lunch, snack items and drinks are available at the Capitol Café, located in the basement of the Capitol.
HOUSE AND SENATE 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.
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 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: https://www.denvergov.org/tabid/437781/Default.aspx.
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.
NEARBY VENUES AND SITES
- United States Mint – 20-25 minute walk (advanced online reservations required)
- Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center – 5-10 minute walk
- Denver Art Museum – 10-15 minute walk
- Clyfford Still Museum – 10-15 minute walk
- Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art – 10-15 walk
- History Colorado Center – 10-15 minute walk
- Colorado Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion – 20-30 minute walk (tours offered seasonally)
- Molly Brown House Museum – 5-10 minute walk
- Byers-Evans House Museum and Gallery – 10-15 minute walk
VOLUNTEER AND WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
We are not currently seeking new volunteers but future opportunities will be listed here.
Eligible work-study applicants with an interest in Colorado history and state government who enjoy working with the public are encouraged to apply for a work-study position at the Capitol. Capitol guides are responsible for leading tours, scheduling groups, staffing the gift desk, Mr. Brown’s Attic, and dome observation area, and providing visitors with concierge type services.
For more information and to schedule an interview, please email Assistant Manager of Visitor Services Erika Österberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with a current resume and a little information about yourself and your interest in a position at the Capitol.
INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL 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
School bus parking is available on both sides of Broadway between Colfax and 14th. Loading and unloading are permitted east of the Capitol in the loading zone on Grant Street. The bus driver is required to remain on the bus.
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 80203-1784
Visitor Information - 303-866-2604
Fax - 303-866-2167