NCAR Public Tours

NCAR Public Tours

ATTENTION: Mesa Lab Special Event

Please note: Due to a Special Event at NCAR on Nov. 5, 2016, parking for Mesa Trail access will be limited.

NCAR's Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO

Exploring NCAR's Mesa Laboratory and Visitor Center is a wonderful way to spend some time in the Denver metro area. The NCAR Visitor Center is open 363 days each year. Additionally, our Visitor Program staff are onsite to answer your questions and assist you on Monday through Friday during business hours.

Noon Tours
Available MWF from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Meet up with our tour guides in the lobby to learn about atmospheric science and current research being conducted at NCAR. No reservations are necessary and the tour is free. No guided tours offered on holidays.

NCAR Tablet Tours
Available weekdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Visitor Center offers a free tablet tour containing audio, videos, and a wealth of content about NCAR. Each tablet includes both adult and child versions of the tour.  Check out a tablet at the NCAR Mesa Lab Front Desk.

Self-guided Tours 
Available weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the exhibits and conduct their own self-guided tour any time during public hours. We recommend starting in the NCAR theater to watch Air, Planet, People. Don't forget to check out the scenic Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail located behind the Mesa Lab.

Group Tours
Please arrange with the School and Public Programs Office by phone (303.497.2401) or email
Private group tours are offered for 10 or more individuals. Note: group tours and field trips fill up on a first come, first served basis. If possible, try to book your group tour six to eight months in advance.

Field Trips
Please arrange with the School and Public Programs Office by phone (303.497.2401) or email
Groups with children should review our Field Trip Web page before they contact the School and Public Programs Office to schedule their visit.

Visualization Laboratory
Can be requested as part of a group tour or field trip for ages 12 and up
Inquire about the availability of NCAR's 3D Visualization Laboratory as an added experience during your group visit.  As part of NCAR's computing division, the "Vis Lab" showcases state-of-the-art scientific visualizations from supercomputer models or observed data.

Open weekdays from 8:00 – 9:30 am (breakfast) and 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (lunch)
Enjoy breakfast or lunch before or after your tour in NCAR's cafeteria. Weekly menus and pricing information are posted online. Please note that the cafeteria accepts cash only.

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