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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Dark Sky Discovery Tour is brilliant!

Kitt Peak National Observatory is about 1 hour's drive South West of Tucson. At night, driving... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Uckfield, United Kingdom
If your near Sells, this is a must see

Kiit Peak has some of the best views in the area. It's a short drive from Tuscon on the way to... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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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

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.

1  Thank JeffLAZ
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Planets, star clusters, nebulae and the milky way. What an extraordinary way to spend an evening laying my eyes upon these celestial sites. I signed up for the beginner evening program that offers basic information, telescope viewing and binocular viewing. What I didn't anticipate was...More

Thank Patuli
Reviewed July 5, 2018

The tour was very informative. There is a lot of hills to walk up to the telescopes. Just one small complaint - when our group tour was over some left quickly for their next tour and the instructor stayed behind we assumed to lock up....More

Thank HHaappyy
Reviewed July 5, 2018

Had a wonderful night of sky gazing and viewing of heavenly bodies on nighttime program! We had an excellent night, great conditions and super staff leading the way. I come to Tucson numerous times a year and had always put this tour on the back...More

Thank Allen T
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Wow! This attraction is not only educational and entertaining, it’s awe inspiring to say the least! This magnificent observatory gives both wannabe astronomers and laymen stargazers a peak at the far reaches of our galaxy. The location itself is a fantastic experience in nature views...More

Thank GastroEclectico
Reviewed June 21, 2018

This is a must on the bucket list !!! One forgets how vast the universe is living in the city, Luke and Charles were the perfect host's for the evening. Great energy < well Charles a little more than Luke lolol > but both very...More

Thank RJ N
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Booked the nighttime viewing program at Kitt Peak. Must say that the evening was a disappointment. I had gone to the program on Mt Lemmon and comparing KP to that......no comparison. The younger guide was a "scatterbrain" and it was quite obvious he was not...More

1  Thank Squilly1
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

A good experience. Once there, can not leave early. Take a sweater, gets windy and chilly. It is nice to progress in views from binoculars to a telescope.

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Rose G
March 2, 2018|
Response from sunnyjazz1028 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.
January 24, 2018|
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Response from pldj m | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of motels in Tucson. Only a few are under the hills, still need to drive a while. Lots of telescopes you can visit, different styles and functions. Give yourself more time to drive around the mountain road.