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NNSS Site Tours

The following documentation is necessary to register: 

pdfIcon U.S. ​Badging Form​

pdfIcon Foreign National Form

The following documentation is necessary for Special Interest Tours: 

pdfIcon Special Interest Tour Request

The Nevada Field Office (NFO) provides free general interest tours of the NNSS on a monthly basis. Groups, civic or technical organizations, and private clubs may request specially arranged tours – minimum of 25 people – by calling (702) 295-0944 or (702) 295-0661.

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 Brenda Carter at Brenda.Carter@nnsa.doe.gov or Pam Handor at HandorPM@nv.doe.gov.

Points of Interest on the Tour
 Mercury, NV
pdf Frenchman Flat (Atmospheric Tests at the NTS)
pdf Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex
pdf Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Site
pdf Sedan Crater
pdf T-1 Training Area
pdf Apple II Houses (Civil Effects Tests) 

Prohibited Items
Visitors are prohibited from bringing the following items: 

  • Cameras or tape recorders
  • Binoculars or telescopes
  • Cell phones
  • Privately-owned laptop computer
  • Firearms

pdf Download a Comprehensive List of Prohibited Items

Badging Requirements
Visitors must possess valid forms of identification for tour badging:

pdf Download a Comprehensive List of Forms of ID for Badging

2018 Public Tour Schedule

  • Tuesday - January 23, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - January 30, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - February 20, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - February 27, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - March 20, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - March 27, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - April 24, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - May 22, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - June 19, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - July 24, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - August 21, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - September 18, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - October 23, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - November 20, 2018 FULL
  • Tuesday - December 11, 2018 FULL

There is a possibility that the tour may be postponed for operational reasons. If this happens, you will be notified immediately.

If you would like to be added to the wait list, please complete the badging form and indicate which tour you wish to be added to the wait list.

2019 Public Tour Schedule
Applications for the 2019 Public Tours will be accepted after the 2019 Public Tour dates are published (approximately end June/early July 2018).

How to Register
Complete the *Badging Form or the *Badging Form for Foreign Nationals and submit to: 

Via email: Brenda.Carter@NNSA.doe.gov or HandorPM@nv.doe.gov.

Via fax:  (702) 295-0154

Via mail:

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 Brenda.Carter@NNSA.doe.gov or HandorPM@nv.doe.gov.

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 contact, please call (702) 295-0944 or (702) 295-0661, or email Brenda.Carter@NNSA.doe.gov or HandorPM@nv.doe.gov.