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A must if you are an avid astronomer, or just wanting to learn more about telescope and space in general. They do day tour and night tour, weather permissible. Fees are different for various tour. Visit website for more information.
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Kitt peak is one our world’s leading astronomical treasures. Just a short 56 mile drive west of Tucson, then up the beautiful winding...More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 headlights.
Personally, I think driving on the 1 in CA is more anxiety producing. The mountain road to the observatory has very little traffic.
From what I recall there were only a few spots on the road that had steep drop offs.
Perhaps see if you can find a video of the drive and see if it would be manageable for you.