200 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80203
tel: +1 303 866 2604
fax: +1 303 866 2167
Sept-May M-F 9:15a-2:30p, Jun-Aug 9a-3:30p
The shiny, gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol Building has always been a Denver landmark, a symbol of historic Rocky Mountain mining days. The surrounding lawn displays tributes to war veterans, Civil War cannons and a Liberty Bell replica cast in France. Visitors stand on the 18th step leading up to the west-side entrance door and they're exactly one mile above sea level—the building is the only one in the country with that distinction, directly related Denver's "Mile High City" nickname. Inside, the magnificent rotunda is 150 feet high, lined with stained-glass images of Colorado's notable pioneers. Historical tours last 45 minutes and include Colorado facts and tidbits such as the location of a series of tunnels that connect state buildings to the Capitol. From January-May, legislative tours are a popular addition, and for a bird's eye view of the building tourists opt for a dome-only guided visit.