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Colorado State Capitol

The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, United States, is the home of the Colorado General … See more


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Nov 24, 2022
I walked around on a cold morning, with snow on the ground. Lots of interesting details, like the mile high step and the war fallen memorial. Full review by Yigal L
Nov 13, 2022
Free guided tours that last an hour are available weekday at 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00. Very interesting and entertaining. You can walk to the top near the rotunda and go outside.....100 steps to get … Full review by tlynn63
Oct 8, 2022
We tend to visit this beautiful landmark during every trip to Denver. Grand decorative art makes me recall some Socrealism style. It is iconic to take a picture on the one-mile-step. Full review by podrozniczka60


One Mile Above Sea Level
Denver is known as the Mile High City, but you have to stand on the steps of the Capitol to properly reach those heights—the rest of the city comes up just a little bit short. Even at the State Capitol, achieving precisely 5,280 feet in elevation has been a bit finicky. Over the years, no fewer than three of the granite steps leading to the main entrance have been identified as the golden plateau. The 15th step is engraved with the words “One Mile Above Sea Level.” It held this distinction from 1909 to 1969, when a group of students from Colorado State University remeasured. Their calculations put a mile high on the 18th step, which prompted the installation of a bronze marker. In 2003, the elevation was measured again. This time, the researchers identified the 13th step as the correct benchmark. A brass medallion engraved with the silhouette of the Rocky Mountains was formally installed in a ceremony later that year. The difference between the 15th and 18th step is 3.03 feet and the discrepancy has to do with an update to the North American Vertical Datum, which is the standard control of orthometric height in the United States. The 1969 measurements had been done with a previous standard, not the NAVD of 1988, which remains in use today. Whether the mile-high marker is due for another move remains unknown, and visitors are welcome to attempt their own measurements and place their bets. But the best thing a visitor could do would be to turn away from the stairs and take in the view of the mountain range rising behind them. Whether on the 8th step or the 20th step—a little too high or a little too low—it’s not too shabby up there.
An Active, Working Government Facility
The Colorado State Capitol, located east of Civic Center Park, was designed to mimic the appearance of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It was constructed in the 1890s using Colorado white granite for the building's exterior and genuine gold leaf for the dome. The interior of the State Capitol is just as stunning as the exterior. Architect Elijah E. Myers used white yale and rose marble excavated from within the state. Stained glass windows adorn much of the Capitol including its rotunda. The Gallery of Presidents include portraits of each President of the United States. A number of sculptures are also located throughout the building. Visitors should look for busts honoring Colorado's most famous public servants. They can also find artifacts from the early days of the building's construction. Those who greatly desire seeing all art and artifacts should be sure to plan their trip in advance as some of these artworks can only be seen while on a guided tour. One of the most notable features of the Capitol building is the mile high marker. Originally engraved on the fifteenth step, this was noted as the spot in the city that was exactly one mile above sea level. New surveys have been conducted over time, which have led to two additional markers on the 13th and 18th steps. The Capitol building is an active, working government facility. As such, visitors may be able to see legislators, law-makers or even the governor while they are touring the facility. Why You Should Visit The Colorado State Capitol is among the most notable buildings in the state. It is also known throughout the nation for its beauty and grandeur. Tips Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the Capitol building or they can join a public group tour. Visitors can schedule tours in advance to ensure they can see the dome.

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