Each tour participant must complete a badging form.
The following documentation is necessary to register:
U.S. Badging Form
Foreign National Form
The following documentation is necessary for Special Interest Tours:
Special Interest Tour Request
*Please password protect the forms when emailing to protect your information. Provide the password via email to the tour office so they may access the forms.
PLEASE NOTE: The release of the public tour dates for the first half of 2021 has been delayed.
**If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, do not attend the tour. This is for everyone's health and safety.**
Free general-interest, public tours of the NNSS are provided on a monthly basis.
Group tours: Groups, civic or technical organizations, and private clubs may request specially arranged tours – minimum of 25 people – by calling (702) 295-0944.
Media tours: Media members seeking a tour of the NNSS should contact the Office of Public Affairs at (702) 295-3521.
Public Tour Logistics
Reservations are required for all tours.
Foreign Nationals: The Foreign National Form must be received 45 days prior to a scheduled tour date.
Space is limited and seats fill quickly, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please indicate on your paperwork with a first and second date of choice.
Most tours depart from the National Atomic Testing Museum. Tours depart at approximately 7:30 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Please make arrangements to arrive early enough for adequate parking.
The mode of transportation provided is usually a chartered bus equipped with a restroom.
The NNSS is located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. Each tour usually covers about 250 miles. Tour participants may bring their own food and drinks, but lunch is available at the Bistro. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Casual clothing is recommended, and sturdy shoes are required for the rugged terrain. Shorts, capris or sandals are not permitted. Visitors to the NNSS must be at least 14 years old. Pregnant women are discouraged from participating in NNSS tours due to the long bus ride and uneven terrain.
The NNSS complies with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you believe you need assistance to access the tour, please contact the NNSS Tours Office at NNSSTours@nv.doe.gov.
Points of Interest on the Tour
Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Site
T-1 Training Area
Apple-2 Houses (Civil Effects Tests)
Visitors are prohibited from bringing the following items:
- Cameras, camcorders or tape recorders
- Binoculars or telescopes
- Cell phones
- Privately-owned laptop computers
- Geiger counters or dosimeters not issued by the NNSS
- Firearms, weapons or explosives
- Controlled substances or alcoholic beverages
Download a Comprehensive List of Prohibited Items
Visitors may not pick up or remove soil, rocks, plant samples or metal objects from the NNSS.
Visitors must possess valid forms of identification for tour badging:
Download a Comprehensive List of Forms of ID for Badging
2020 Public Tour Schedule
***EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE NNSS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING WALK-ONS FOR THE PUBLIC TOURS.***
- Tuesday - July 14, 2020 CANCELED
- Tuesday - August 11, 2020 CANCELED
- Tuesday - September 15, 2020 FULL
- Tuesday - October 13, 2020 FULL
- Tuesday - November 10, 2020 FULL
- Tuesday - December 8, 2020 FULL
There is a possibility that the tour may be postponed for operational reasons. If this happens, you will be notified immediately.
Please note: The wait list for 2020 tours is full. We are no longer accepting forms to be added to the wait list.
The release of the public tour dates for the first half of 2021 has been delayed.
How to Register
Complete the *Badging Form or the *Badging Form for Foreign Nationals and submit to:
Via email: NNSSTours@nv.doe.gov
Via fax: (702) 295-0154
U.S. Department of Energy
National Nuclear Security Administration
Nevada Field Office
Office of Public Affairs
Visit Coordination Staff
P.O. Box 98518
Las Vegas, NV 89193-8518
*We strongly recommend you complete the forms electronically and email to NNSSTours@nv.doe.gov. Please password protect the forms when emailing to protect your information. Provide the password via email to the tour office so they may access the forms.
Participants who have been notified of a confirmation date will receive a tour package 7-10 days prior to the visit. The package will include the confirmation notice, itinerary, prohibited articles list, and a map (directions to the National Atomic Testing Museum departure location).
For further information, please email NNSSTours@nv.doe.gov or call Kelsey Eggers at (702) 295-0514 or Brenda Carter at (702) 295-0944.