NCAR stands for National Center for Atmospheric Research. It is a research organization, established in 1960, that seeks to better understand our atmosphere and how weather and climate affect the Earth.
The Visitor Center at the Mesa Laboratory is open to the public daily at no charge. Guided tours and self-guided tablet tours include video and audio on one of the first supercomputers built by Seymour Cray as well as NCAR’s modern supercomputer fleet, many hands-on educational exhibits demonstrating weather phenomena and Earth’s changing climate, and a scenic outdoor weather trail. Public guided hour-long tours are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon, excluding holidays.
This is also a great place to go for a hike. Multiple hikes are accessible from the NCAR parking lot.