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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Address: Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
Phone Number: 520 318 8726
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Sells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Reservations, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, the observatory is a...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Reservations, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Cochrane, Canada
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156 reviews 156 reviews
62 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I found the information about Kitt Peak's pricing a little difficult to initially figure out. Now have a better handle on it after visiting the Peak. Yes, you can walk around with a map and read all the information for free but really don't think you really get the experience. There are 24 telescopes. Only three are toured. They offer... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If you are interested in astronomy, this is the site to see. Climbing up the mountain road, curving, but safe to an elevation of 7,000 ft. Dress in layers as it can be windy and colder. Excellent tour guides. The first tour starts at 10:30 am visiting the Solar Telescope, then the 2nd tour around 1:30 pm visiting the other... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Long drive there from the closest place to stay ( about an hour). Very high on the mountain but the drive is worth it. Beautiful sunsets and we stayed for the four hour evening night viewing. They showed us planets and stars through the big telescopes and we even learned how to look for certain stars. The meal was just... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Hi... A group of 4, we started at 4:30 with a light dinner provided by the tour guides. The drive up is spectacular. We watched a great sunset and had a tour of all the telescopes( only on the outside). We got to use one of the telescopes and saw six different viewings. Its pitch black up there and dress... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Don't expect "wow." For $49 and the amount of time it takes, I expected more. If I had known, I would have just done the day trip. You won't see spectacular images in the scope, and you won't even see the cool scopes. With our large group, I was able to put my eye up to a scope only three... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My large family (think over 15 people) and I decided to visit the observatory for the first time over the Christmas holidays. Although the start was a bit slow and the food was a bit basic, the experience overall was truly unique. Not only is the observatory located on a gorgeous mountain overlooking the desert, it also provides amazing views... More 

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PUNTA GORDA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was amazed at the drive to the observatory. You can see for miles. The tour of the observatory is interesting and well worth the trip.

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Mesa, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We took two tours- one to view the 4m telescope and the other - a 7m telescope. Both were awesome and so were the views of the mountains.We also saw the solar telescope. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable. He advised to take the Mount Graham tour around summer. We went early January and it was freezing cold. The viewing... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you’re in the area, you might want to visit Kitt Peak if only for the beautiful views from the top (at daytime only). After all, you’re going to be at 6,875 feet above sea level (dress warmly depending on the season) with no too-nearby mountain to block your view of the horizon. You can even see where you’ve just... More 

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Elmhurst, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

From the drive up, we had a great time experiencing all that Kitt Peak offers during the daylight hours. We chose to skip the guided tour and just walk the grounds. The panoramic views are amazing and learning about all the significant advances that have been made throughout it's history was very interesting to the entire family. They even had... More 

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