Gitanjali Rao at the History Colorado Center

History Colorado Center Field Trips

From kindergartners to high school seniors, students love our immersive and experiential exhibits and programs that explore the state’s history, people and environment while aligning with curriculum standards across multiple disciplines. Core exhibits at the History Colorado Center include Colorado Stories, Destination Colorado and Denver A to ZLiving West, and Written on the Land: Ute Stories, Ute Voices.

We are accepting field trip requests to be added to a waitlist for openings at 9:30 and 11:30 in Spring 2022. 

We can currently accommodate requests for field trips that start at 1:30 p.m. We encourage mask wearing for all youth program participants, teachers and chaperones. If the school district does not require students to wear masks, then we will honor their policy.



Fill out the Field Trip Request Form to make your reservation. For questions, call 303/866-2394 or email

If the trip is canceled due to inclement weather, schools will be given the opportunity to reschedule if possible or the payment will be returned in full.

  • Title I discounts and bus funding are available.
  • Request the lunchroom when you make your reservation. Space is limited!
  • The balance is due on the day of the field trip. An invoice with amount paid and total due will be emailed.
  • Explore the bus parking options prior to visiting. 

Duration for grades K–8: 2 hours
Duration for pre-K: 2 hours
Times: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per student; 1 free chaperone for every 10 students;
$8 for each additional adult. Title I schools $2.50 per student.

Available Field Trips

Colorado Time Travelers (Grades K–5)
Explore Colorado’s people and places through hands-on experiences in the galleries. Exploration culminates in a timeline sequencing activity. Aligned to Colorado Academic Standards, the program features skills and concepts covered in third and fourth grade but can be adapted to other grade levels.

Democratic Principles in Conflict (Grades 6–12) Students explore how democratic principles have shaped Colorado history in times of conflict. The program is designed for middle and high school civics and U.S. history classes. Program includes a pre-visit classroom activity that introduces students to principles of democracy, an exploration of the History Colorado Center’s exhibits and post-visit classroom activities that synthesize and expand students’ knowledge. 

Colorado Water Quest (Grades 5–9)
From Mesa Verde to the Dust Bowl, discover the important role water has played in Colorado history—and the environmental challenges we face today. Students work in small groups to explore History Colorado exhibits, solve STEM and geography challenges, and evaluate the ways different communities have used water. The program is designed for middle school earth science and geography classes, and can be adapted for upper elementary and high school students.

Research Center Program (Grades 6-12)
Students will explore real museum collections in the Hart Research Center using critical thinking and analysis skills and get a behind-the-scenes peek into how History Colorado cares for our museum collections.  Primary sources can provide first-hand, unique evidence and are often the best and truest way to explore an event, time, or place as if you were there.  We will help students explore research topics or can prepare a specific research experience based on a topic.  Only available Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 am-3 pm.


History Colorado Field Trip and Education programs are supported by:

The Charles M. and Faye G.\Schayer Charitable Foundation