Colorado State Capitol Building
Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, Tours and Excursions
Colorado's State Capitol Building, the only LEED Gold-certified state capitol, typically offers free public tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, along with self-guided tours. Currently, tours are... Read More
Colorado's State Capitol Building, the only LEED Gold-certified state capitol, typically offers free public tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, along with self-guided tours. Currently, tours are suspended due to COVID and the dome is closed, but there are free virtual tours about different parts of the building on the capitol's website. Opened in 1894, the building was designed by Elijah E. Meyers to evoke the layout of the nation's capitol. The white granite, rose onyx and marble were quarried in Colorado, and the 200 ounces of gold it took to gild the dome were a gift from Colorado gold miners in 1908. Inside, there are carved statues, stained-glass windows and renderings of U.S. presidents. Outside, view memorials dedicated to state and national patriots. The 13th step on the building's west side is the place to snap a selfie at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, a mile high.
- Building: Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm
- Tours (Sep - May): Mon-Fri 9:15am-2:30pm
- Tours (Jun - Aug): Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm
- Free Things to Do: "Because school groups book many of the tour times as much as a year in advance, consider going when school isn't in session. While tours are temporarily suspended, check out the capitol website to access free virtual tours."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The Colorado State Capitol Building provides state history, insight into the building's architecture and design and a place to stand exactly a mile high.