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NNSS Tours

Each tour participant must complete a badging form.

The following documentation is necessary to register:

pdfIcon U.S. ​Badging Form​

pdfIcon Foreign National Form - must be received 45 days prior to a scheduled tour date

All tours are canceled until further notice. We are not accepting badging forms at this time.

NNSS Public Tours

Free general-interest, public tours of the NNSS are provided on a monthly basis.

Public Tour Logistics
Reservations are required for all tours.

Space is limited and seats fill quickly, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please indicate on your paperwork 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
 Mercury, NV
pdf Frenchman Flat
pdf Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex
pdf Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Site
pdf Icecap
pdf Sedan Crater
pdf T-1 Training Area
pdf Apple-2 Houses (Civil Effects Tests) 

Prohibited Items
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

pdf Download a Comprehensive List of Prohibited Items

Visitors may not pick up or remove soil, rocks, plant samples or metal objects from the NNSS.

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

pdf Download a Comprehensive List of Forms of ID for Badging

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

Email: NNSSTours@nv.doe.gov


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 Gina Putnam at 702-295-4117.

Media tours: Members of the media seeking a tour of the NNSS should identify themselves as media when making a tour request.