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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Wonderful place

A must if you are an avid astronomer, or just wanting to learn more about telescope and space in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joana G
Houston, Texas
Astronomy meets the desert

I don’t have any followers but I wish I did so I can share the love of my life, the Sonoran Desert... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tucson, 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
Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joana G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don’t have any followers but I wish I did so I can share the love of my life, the Sonoran Desert. 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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank fishdocdad
Reviewed November 21, 2018

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
Thank alsupremo
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
2  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
Thank CAnderson40
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
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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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Response from sunnyjazz1028 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.