U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY PLANETARIUM
The Planetarium features free shows for cadets, school groups and the public. Enjoy shows such as Black Holes, Fighter Pilot and Superpower Dogs. One of the oldest structures at the Academy, it was originally used to teach cadets celestial navigation. Now, after a refurbishment provided by generous donations, the advanced technology and capabilities serve a new generation of cadets leading the way in space, as well as STEM education for K-12 students and community outreach. Check out the latest schedule of free public shows and enjoy the reclining theater seats and 8K projectors offering a 360-degree near-hemispheric screen to deliver a visually immersive field-of-view.
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.
- Barry Goldwater Visitor Center
- U.S. Air Force Academy Planetarium
- Noon Meal Formation
- Cadet Chapel - Closed for a major restoration that is estimated to last until Spring 2027.
- B-52 Display
- Cadet Field House
- Academic Overlook
- Athletic Overlook
- Arnold Hall
- Doolittle Hall
- Falcon Stadium
WHAT KINDS OF HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
Visitors can enjoy several trails from 5 a.m. until sundown daily. Pack sunscreen and layers of clothing as the mountain weather can change quickly. Bring a buddy to explore the Rampart Range and carry water with you to stay hydrated. Here’s a list of all the trails available to explore.
ARE THERE DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS ON BASE?
Yes, there are plenty of options for grabbing a snack or meal while you are on the base. They include fast food and favorite chains, pub fare and several restaurants serving lunch and dinner. Here is a list of all the dining options and their hours of operation.
WHAT KIND OF EVENTS HAPPEN AT U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
There are events year-round at the base. For a full schedule, visit the Academy’s calendar of events. The U.S. Air Force Academy cadets compete on 27 NCAA Division I teams, primarily within the Mountain West Conference. To get tickets to an upcoming game and cheer on the Falcons during their most popular sporting events including football, basketball, volleyball and hockey, call 719-472-1895 or visit www.goairforcefalcons.com.
WHO ATTENDS THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY?
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is among the most selective colleges in the United States. Candidates are judged based on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination and secure a nomination, which usually comes from one of the candidate's members of Congress. Recent incoming classes have usually consisted of about 1,400 cadets; just under 1,000 of those usually make it through to graduation. Cadets pay no tuition but are committed to serving a number of years in the military service after graduation. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as second lieutenants.
IS CAMPING AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH GROUPS/SCOUTS?
The U.S. Air Force Academy is proud to host local youth organizations on base for camping. Our designated campground for overnight stays is conveniently located near the North Gate. The primitive campground is adjacent to the B-52 static display and available to reserve year-round. There is no fee to reserve the campground. In order to allow time for processing, please make your reservations at least 45 days in advance. Nestled along the base of the Front Range, the Academy preserves over 18,500 acres of forests and mountain terrain, ideal for outdoor activities.
Due to base regulations, groups camping overnight must have a designated sponsor with a valid Department of Defense/military ID card.