Northern Illinois Parent Club

Proud sponsors of the United States Air Force Academy

Plan Your Visit

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Academy welcomes all visitors to one of our country's National Historic Landmarks.
We invite visitors to enter the installation through the North Gate between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning Thursday, May 21st. Since the Academy is still under heightened security measures directed by NORTHCOM, non-DoD cardholders must present one form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license. During these heightened security measures, visitors may experience random precautionary measures and vehicle checks that may lead to extended wait times at the North Gate.

At this time, the Santa Fe trail still remains closed to the general public unless the guests are sponsored by a DoD ID cardholder (limited to 10 guests). We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to focus on everyone's safety and security.

The official USAFA website has some great information regarding visiting the Academy during the academic year.  There are public areas that are open year round, and there are secure areas that may or may not be open, and you may or may not need to be escorted by your Cadet.  Click this link to go the USAFA Website.
It is important to remember that Cadets cannot come and go as they wish.  In order to leave the Academy, they must get Leave approved and sign out.  There is always the risk that you may plan a trip to the Academy only to find out that your Cadet is restricted that weekend.  Often they will know ahead of time.  Sometimes they will not.  You just need to accept this.
If your Cadet is restricted, they may still be able to meet you at Arnold Hall.  Arnold Hall is interesting because it is part of the Public Area for visitors, but it is also still in the Cadet Area.  However, it is not uncommon for Cadets to be restricted from Arnold Hall as well.
Unless your Cadet is an IC (Intercollegiate Athlete) and they have a game during the week where they will be off the Hill, it will be very difficult if not impossible to spend time anywhere with your Cadet during the academic week.  The best times are on unrestricted leave weekends.  Your Cadet will quickly learn the best times.
Finally, if you do visit and have the opportunity to go off base with your cadet and they spend the night with you, don’t feel put out if they want to rest or sleep a bit more than you expected!

Local Attraction Links: this is just a sample of activities and are not endorsed by NIPC

Horseback Riding
Raft & Rail Trips