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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 things to do in Sells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, National Parks, Reservations, 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, National Parks, Reservations, 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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Montana City, Montana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The tour was OK, however we were never allowed near the telescope and had to look at it though glass windows. We didn't know there would be so much walking, for a long tour you would think they would have a tram. The tour guide seemed to have limited knowledge and would steer away from the questions asked.

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Pasadena, Texas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We arrived too late for the first tour so we paid the same for the two remaining tours. It was well worth it; just sorry we missed the first one. We were lucky that they had solar viewing while we were there. It was really interesting to look at the sun through the telescope. Our docents for the tours were... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

About 45 minutes out of Tucson center, this facility should be on everyone's must do list. They have several tour types; we opted for the 11:30 daily tour of one of the telescopes. Note: each timed tour - there are three - goes to one specific telescope - call to find out which one. They have monthly longer tours on... More 

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Cochrane, Canada
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180 reviews 180 reviews
78 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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