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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Best thing we did in Tucson area

Spent a day here with a docent. Wonderful views. Well protected and situated in a massive Indian... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
alsupremo
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Toronto, Canada
Astronomically Amazing!

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this Must Do tour at night. We did the Nightly Observing Program... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Pizazzle
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Marana, Arizona
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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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
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+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a day here with a docent. Wonderful views. Well protected and situated in a massive Indian reserve that extends into Mexico. Can see for miles with very little human disturbance. A feeling of escape from the World, tranquil and in touch with space. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this Must Do tour at night. We did the Nightly Observing Program which is 4 hours long. You would not think that these 4 hours would go by so fast, but it did. It was a gorgeous evening and we had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Pizazzle
Reviewed October 11, 2018

We had been to Kitt Peak 40+ years ago during the day. We were there late in the day so didn't get to see much before they kicked us out. We vowed to someday go back and do a night sky thing. Well, this is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed October 10, 2018

If you’re driving the distance to get here, plan for the day and take the tour of all three telescopes as you will not be able to see inside any of the telescope buildings. Three telescopes are opened to the public and should plan to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carol210
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Daily tours given by volunteer docents. First tour @ 10:30. Tours last 1 hour. If u choose all 3 tours, you will be there from 10am-4pm. Gift shop on site w snacks, bottled water and coffee for purchase. There are restrooms, several tables and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

I was hoping to see close-up views of planets through powerful telescopes. Instead the viewing was through a 20" lens (practically an antique!) and the images were like tiny comic strips. Would have been better off looking at images on the internet. The docent who...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank eliserobin13
Reviewed September 28, 2018

My wife and I have just visited this site and we took all three tours ($11 for one and $13 for all three so if you have the time why would you not). The tours were lead by two extremely knowlegeable and helpful guides who...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jacksugden2
Reviewed August 24, 2018

Kitt Peak National Observatory is about 1 hour's drive South West of Tucson. At night, driving back, you will pass through a checkpoint, so always have some kind of ID with you! We did the Dark Sky Discovery tour, which is an evening/night tour including...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank richster642018
Reviewed July 26, 2018

Kiit Peak has some of the best views in the area. It's a short drive from Tuscon on the way to Sells (just west of Tuscon). At 6,0000 feet it provides expansive views in all directions. If you enjoy science and astronomy then you'll love...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank aladd0417
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Kitt Peak is a great half day trip. We left Tucson at 8:45, drove there took a walking tour and were back home by noon. There area several guided tours as well. Try to do the Solar telescope viewing during the day if open.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank JeffLAZ
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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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I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.
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