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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, the observatory is a working research station situated high above on Kitt Peak.
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Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Tohono O'odham Nation, AZ 85719
+1 520-318-8720
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is my third visit to Kitt Peak. I love the views. I love the serenity. A peaceful sacred place on the mountain. There was only one telescope open for the self directed tour this time which was a little disappointing. On my last visit...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RW747
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a boring 1 hour drive from Tucson During the day there is a visitor center with some exhibits- also a gift shop There are tours which walk around the property- the telescopes to view the heavens are featured on the night tours only...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jfadds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our "night progam" visit to Kitt Peak...the views of the desert on the way up are amazing and the road is very good with guard rails :) Highly recommend....just remember winter temps and weather can make your visit a real adventure

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank flyinghorsedesign
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Even though it was very cold at 7000 feet +, we really were amazed at the many stars and satellites which we could see through the telescopes and binoculars. The guides did an excellent job of explaining what we saw in the sky. It was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Duane T
Reviewed February 5, 2019

The website said that they were open to the public so we traveled (1.5 hrs) to this destination. Yes, the welcome center was open but the rest of the area was closed. All of the observatories were closed. We did walk around the area and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank DeanG_and_LauraG
Reviewed February 1, 2019

Kitt Peak is not to be missed if you are in the Tucson area and want an amazing astronomy lesson. There are several programs, we attended the DSD (Dark Sky Discovery) program with Sara as our guide. After a light box lunch dinner and orientation...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Bruce L
Reviewed January 31, 2019

My wife and me drove from our rented condo in Tucson to Kitts Peak Observatory for a day trip. What an fun day and experience. We took the 3 day-time tours. It was educational and the near 8,000 ft. elevation provided amazing views. We underestimated...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank NEBGENE
Reviewed January 30, 2019

Signed up for the DSD (Dark Sky Discovery) Program last week at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I highly recommend this program, especially if you are lucky to have Sara as your guide. Sign up early online as the DSD event is limited to 10 or...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Bruce L
Reviewed January 20, 2019

The drive out and up to the peak is beautiful and the views from the top are too! The docents were excellent. We took the last tour of the day but arrived early enough to walk around and got to view the sun through a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Avelave
Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

We are casual star gazers with little experience with telescopes. The chance to view the skies with high powered research equipment thrilled us. The drive from Tucson took little more than an hour with nice views going up the mountain. Being winter it was cold...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank travelnshoot4two
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October 7, 2018|
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Response from Patuli | Reviewed this property |
I drove down at night with my headlights taped after the night observation program. I was in my RV - so there was a bit of heightened awareness while driving the mile until we could remove the tape from our... More
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March 2, 2018|
Response from sunnyjazz1028 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.