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NCAR Mesa Lab with sunflowers

National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.


The NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center is free to visit.


1850 Table Mesa Drive
Boulder, Colorado 80305

Map and Directions

Mesa Lab Visitor Center
Other NCAR/UCAR Locations


We are open 363 days a year, every day of the week for public walk-ins during the following hours:

Public Hours

Weekdays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Weekends: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm MT

Holidays: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm MT

The Visitor Center is closed 2 days a year for annual maintenance, and the dates are announced well in advance on our website. 


Recorded information: 303.497.1174
General (M-F): 303.497.1000
Group reservations (M-F): 303.497.2401

Café Hours

Weekdays, except holidays:
Breakfast, 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Lunch, 11:30 - 1:30 pm

Enjoy breakfast or lunch before or after your tour in NCAR's cafeteria. Weekly menus are posted online.


For more information, please see our public tours and field trip pages.  


Download a map of our exhibits (PDF) or borrow one on-site to help navigate through the NCAR Visitor Center. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the exhibits on your own during public hours. Don't forget to check out the scenic Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail located behind the Mesa Lab!


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