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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Address: Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
Phone Number: 520 318 8726
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian...
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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Well worth the drive!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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 beautiful. There are pull outs for pictures and a picnic area. Kitt Peak is a... More 

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Muskogee, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

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 few miles up the mountain is dramatic. The elevation is over 8000 feet. Upon arrival... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 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 prepared to walk quite a bit. You are at 6500+ ft so if you have... More 

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 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 so bring a sandwich along

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Take a packed lunch. The Reservation doesn't allow food-for-profit operations, so there's no dining. They do have a gift shop. Everything is free unless you want the guided tours. If it's not cloudy, they may do a solar viewing through the mini telescope. We came to see the solar telescope. You can do just the individual tour, but we paid... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Good tour of the night sky even though there was a gorgeous, bright full moon that evening. We got to look through a telescope and learned to identify constellations by eye and with binoculars. Tour was a bit unorganized at times. Tour guides were knowledgeable. Worth experiencing; dress warm!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

For 3 years in a row during our annual trip to Arizona we have made reservations to do a night time observation but have been rained/clouded out each time. This year we decided to visit anyway and were treated to visits to several telescopes, their control rooms and got to meet the telescope operators and some PHD candidates there performing... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We visited Kitt Peak on a cool winter day. It was literally 20 degrees colder at the top than at the bottom. The wind was bitingly cold as well. If you go in the winter, bring hats, gloves and warm things! We viewed the 4m telescope. Bit of an uphill walk to get to it - not hard if you... More 

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Huntersville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Kitt Peak is way out in the desert of Southern Arizona but easy to spot from 30 miles away. The road up to this Observatory is the attraction. It is a good and safe road up a very tall and steep mountain of 6800 feet. Many chances for photos for the surrounding countryside. Entry into the telescopes is free but... More 

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