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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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Very interesting and unique spot

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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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Montana City, Montana
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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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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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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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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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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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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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