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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Dark Sky Discovery Program - Wonderful!

We had been to Kitt Peak 40+ years ago during the day. We were there late in the day so didn't get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MikeB1952
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Plan a Day Trip and Experience a Tour of the Three Telescopes

If you’re driving the distance to get here, plan for the day and take the tour of all three... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol210
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 1 week ago

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

Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Carol210
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank CAnderson40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank eliserobin13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

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

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

1  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

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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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