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Built in 1886, the capitol was constructed mostly of materials indigenous to Colorado, including marble, granite, and rose onyx. Especially inspiring is the gold-leaf dome, a reminder of the state's mining heritage. During normal operation, the dome is open for tours by appointment on the hour and 30 people at a time can go to the top (using a 99-step staircase from the third floor) to take in the 360-degree view of the Rockies; however, as of this writing, the dome is closed as it undergoes extensive repair. Historical tours and a legislative tour are available. Outside, a marker on the 13th step indicates where the elevation is exactly 1 mile high (above sea level). The legislature is generally in session from January through May, and visitors are welcome to sit in third-floor viewing galleries above the House and Senate chambers.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 200 E. Colfax Ave., Capitol Hill, Denver, CO 80203 | Map It
  • Phone: 303/866–2604 dome tours
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7:30–5. Tours Mon.–Fri. 10–3
  • Website:
  • Location: Denver
Updated: 09-27-2013

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