Visitor and Tour Information

NOTE: Visitor Center Security will no longer be able to accept IDs from some US states for site access. Please see security procedures below for details.

Public Tours

Reservations are required for the weekly public tour offered each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. All tours are free to the public.

  • For the weekly public tour, please visit our Sign-Up Page
  • For all school groups, including K-12 and universities, please email:

Tours of the David Skaggs Research Center last approximately 1.5 hours and include stops at the Space Weather Prediction Center, ESRL Global Monitoring Division for information on the carbon dioxide record, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and Science On a Sphere.

Tour stop descriptions can be found on the Resources page. For recorded information about the tour, call 303-497-3333.

Gift Shop

The NOAA Boulder Gift Shop is located in the David Skaggs Research Center, Room 1C307, just off the main lobby. Regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM.

The shop carries a wide selection of NOAA clothing, pens, educational toys, and fun stuff for the whole family. Please contact us at with any questions.

The gift shop can only accept cash or check. 

Security Procedures for Visitors

  • Visitors are required to sign in and receive a visitor badge from the Visitors Center.
  • Visitors to the site who are U.S. citizens must present a U.S. photo ID, such as a current state driver's license (exceptions below).
  • Foreign Nationals must present a valid passport or a permanent resident ID ("green card").
  • All IDs must be originals only -- no photocopies accepted.

  • Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, federal agencies can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. You can find more information on the Department of Homeland Security web site.

    • As of January 30, 2017: The Visitor Center will not accept licenses from these non-compliant states:
      • Maine
      • Minnesota+
      • Missouri
      • Montana
      • Washington

      + Federal Officials may continue to accept Enhanced Drivers Licenses from these states.

  • If a visitor presents an ID from one of the non-compliant states on the list, they will have to present another form of ID (below) or they will be denied access to the site. There will be no exceptions made to this policy.
  • ​​​Other accepted forms of ID include:
    • Passport
    • Passport card
    • DOD CAC card
    • Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs
    • Veterans ID
    • Military ID
    • Military Dependents ID
    • Trusted Traveler card - Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
    • Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • To receive a visitor badge, all visitors are required to park next to the Visitors Center and enter. Security personnel will make a badge and conduct screening. Security personnel will also inspect vehicles prior to entrance of the site.
  • These are our requirements as per Homeland Security regardless of security threat level. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Snyder, Deputy Chief of Police, 303-497-5236.

Map and Driving Directions from DIA

Toll Free:

  • Exit Denver International Airport via Peña Boulevard.
  • Take Peña Boulevard to I-70 West.
  • Split right on I-270 North (Exit 279), toward Ft. Collins and follow across I-25 to US-36 toward Boulder.
  • Take US-36 (Boulder Turnpike) West.
  • Exit US-36 at Baseline Road (University of Colorado Main Campus exit).
  • Keep left and turn left (West) onto Baseline.
  • Keep left and turn left at the first light onto 27th Way.
  • Stay in the middle lane and turn left onto Broadway.
  • Take the second right at the light onto Rayleigh Rd. and bear right into the Visitors Center parking lot.

Toll Road:

  • Exit Peña Boulevard at E-470 and follow to US-36. Current toll information can be found at: