A Beautiful and Historic Campus.

The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the United States Air Force Academy for hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The center provides information on Academy history, cadet life and campus attractions.

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Campus Highlights

Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy often wish to take in the iconic sights of our beautiful campus. Below are campus highlights to consider including as you plan your self-guided tour.

The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve Day, and New Year’s Day.

Nature Trail to the Chapel

A one-third-mile paved nature trail east of the facility allows visitors to walk to the Cadet Chapel — an iconic part of the Academy campus. Note that the paved nature trail is a very strenuous walk with a variety of hills. The walk back from the Chapel to the Visitor Center is mostly uphill. People with limited mobility should bring their own wheel chair to get to and from the Chapel. You may also park in the Arnold Hall parking lot to access the Cadet Chapel; however this still requires you to walk approximately 1/3 of a mile and is mostly uphill when returning to your vehicle.

Cadet Chapel

Services open to the public and Chapel tour information are posted online. Please check this resource before you plan your visit to the Academy. The chapel is occasionally closed for private services, weddings and funerals throughout the year. During these private services the chapel will not be open to the public.
Visitor hours of operation for the Cadet Chapel are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday

Cadet Lunch Formation

You may be able to observe the cadet wing march to lunch. This formation is scheduled three days each week from 11:30 am-12:00 pm. This schedule is in effect during the academic year (mid-August through mid-May), weather permitting, and is subject to cancellation without notice. To see if there is a lunch formation, call the Visitor Center at 719-333-2025 on the day of your visit. Guests may view the formation from the Honor Court wall or the wall surrounding the Cadet Chapel which both overlook the Terrazzo.

Arnold Hall

This facility contains several military and Academy exhibits, a food court, and an auditorium for special events or official functions.

Honor Court

Located between the Chapel and Arnold Hall, this area contains bronze statues and aircraft memorials from various groups.

Field House

This facility has an Indoor Athletic Field, Ice Rink, Clune Arena (Basketball Court), and a Snack Bar.

Falcon Athletic Center

Located next to the Field House it contains the Athletic Ticket Office, 800-666-8723, www.goairforcefalcons.com and the Athletic Hall of Excellence.


The Stanley Canyon and Falcon hiking trails are open for military/government ID card holders only between the hours of 5 am and sundown everyday. Trail use by visitors with non military/government ID card holders is allowed only during normal visiting hours, 9am-6pm everyday.

The visitor center information desk has trail details. Parking for the Santa Fe hiking trail is available next to the North Gate entrance.

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