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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY
The Academy is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado, welcoming more than one million visitors each year. Find out everything you need to know about visiting.
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, located north of Colorado Springs, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force.
WHEN CAN I VISIT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is open to visitors daily. The Visitor's Center and Cadet Chapel are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center and Cadet Chapel are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Visitor Center is also closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Visitors to the U.S. Air Force Academy must enter through the North Gate, which can be accessed from Exit 156 on Interstate 25, 14 miles north of downtown Colorado Springs. Chapel tours are given frequently. Visit the U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019, THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY CHAPEL IS CLOSED FOR A MAJOR RENOVATION THAT WILL LAST 3 - 4 YEARS.
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is perhaps best known for its stunning chapel. Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate chapel for four major religious faiths — Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist — plus an all-faiths room used by Muslim cadets and available for members of the other faiths as well. Each chapel has its own entrance, and services may be held simultaneously without interfering with one another.
The aluminum, glass and steel structure features 17 spires. There is no significance to this number. Original designs were too expensive, so changes were made, among them a reduction in the number of spires. The changes did not alter the basic design or the interior square footage of the chapel, however. The chapel structure cost $3.5 million to build. Furnishings, pipe organs, liturgical fittings and adornments of the chapel were presented as gifts from individuals, organizations, and donations from Easter offerings made at Air Force bases. The chapel was recently named one of CNN's most epic churches in America.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 11 MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
Here are the top 11 must-sees for visitors. Click here for more details on these attractions.
Cadet Field House/Falcon Athletic Center
Barry Goldwater Visitor Center
Cadet Chapel - closed for renovation beginning September 4, 2019
Planetarium & STEM Center
WHAT KINDS OF HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE US AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
Visitors can enjoy several trails from 5 am until sundown daily. Be sure to pack sunscreen and layers of clothing as the mountain weather can change quickly. Carry water with you to stay hydrated too! Here’s a list of all the trails available to explore.