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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Starry night

We visited the observatory with our 10 year old grandson and took part in the Night Observing... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2015
San Diego, California
Great Star Party Near Tucson

Really, really enjoyed the NOP tour. With that cold wind blowing strongly, dress warm means wear... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2015
Clinton, Washington
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 23 April 2015

We visited the observatory with our 10 year old grandson and took part in the Night Observing Program. We arrived a little earlier than the required time and did not immediately realize that the visitor center was open so we sat and waited until we...More

1  Thank pbahab
Reviewed 21 April 2015

Really, really enjoyed the NOP tour. With that cold wind blowing strongly, dress warm means wear gloves, a stocking cap or ear band, extra layers, hiking boots with wool socks, and a good winter coat. You arrive at 5:00pm and get a boxed lunch--included in...More

Thank culturevulture94
Reviewed 11 April 2015

We went on the NOP to see the stars as we live in London - not many stars there to see. Our three excellent guides, Jeronimo, David and Blythe, were enthusiastic and were full of facts. We started off looking through one of the two...More

Thank bearinahat
Reviewed 5 April 2015

They warn you it is going to be cold...believe them. The program has several parts - an inside orientation to star charts etc and exteior component looking at the night sky with binolulars and some time observing enties through a telescope. All of it is...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 1 April 2015

We arrived early so we could go on all three offered tours of the telescopes on Kitt Peak. The docents were interesting and informative. We were able to view the sun through telescopes set up for visitors. The views from the top of Kitt Peak...More

Thank KristiW52
Reviewed 26 March 2015

Well worth the drive! gorgeous scenery especially with the change in elevation. Looking at the planets through the telescope is a humbling experience. It puts everything into perspective. Excellent docent...Joyce? a former teacher explained the science and physics in plain language

Thank ancientmoods
Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

After living on Tucson's west side for three years and looking at Kitt Peak in the distance we finally made the trip and I'm so glad we did. I'm not a scientist but I loved this place! First off the drive up the mountain is...More

Thank Jessica J
Reviewed 25 March 2015

The Kitt Peak Observatory is an educational experience. The magnitude of stars visible is quite amazing. I booked the spaces for our tour in advance, and I've heard that these fill up quickly. The drive from Tucson is about 1 1/2 hours, but the final...More

Thank Gardengirl2006
Reviewed 19 March 2015

It was a beautiful drive up to the peak. You can do a walking tour on your own and they even have an MP3 audio tour you can download on their website for free. There are clean public restrooms, benches all along the way. Be...More

1  Thank LGKidd
Reviewed 10 March 2015

we took the 3 tours and all were very interesting people who gave the tours really enjoyed their work nice drive up the mountain to 7000 feet be prepared it can be very windy up there also no food available there other than candy bars...More

Thank retiredguy2014
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Is there good signage for Kitt Observatory as you approach the spot where you leave the state hwy? Thanks in advance
13 April 2017|
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Response from Swampgal123 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! But pay attention and do use a map.
What are the specific times of the nighttime introductory tour? My wife and I are thinking of Thursday 5/25.
5 April 2017|
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Response from j2ette | Reviewed this property |
Most evening events require you to arrive at the Peak by 4:00. It is safest to reserve ahead of time because there is limited space and people are turned away, even during weekdays. The length is dependent on which program... More
For the daytime tours, is there a tram from point to point, or will we be walking?
8 March 2017|
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Response from CanadianGrammy | Reviewed this property |
You'll be walking. It's a rather long drive up a steep and winding road to the observatory. Once there you have to walk -- although it's not far. Maybe 5 8 minutes to a lookout to watch the sunset, then back down again... More