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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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The Nightly Observing Program is AMAZING and made me fall in love with astronomy. This program does require reservations which you can make online. Since this program is extremely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The Nightly Observing Program is AMAZING and made me fall in love with astronomy. This program does require reservations which you can make online. Since this program is extremely weather dependent (you can't see stars if its raining), make sure you provide them with a valid phone number as they call to confirm/cancel the afternoon of your reservation. To reiterate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We visited the observatory on a full moon night - and it really was spectacular. No matter what time of year you go, be sure to take a sweater or light jacket - and even though some people say you should not take your own car - driving down after dark is really not a problem - and paying for... More 

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We took a day trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory. It is south of Tucson and easy to drive to with good signs and some beautiful scenery. The mountain road up to the observatory is paved and has guard rails. We took all 3 tours offered: the solar telescope, the 2.1m telescope and the 4m telescope. All the tours start... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Visited Kitt Peak Observatory mid-morning, and only did 1 Tour, though they offer 3 Tours. We had missed the first one, because of our arrival time. The Docent was very knowledgeable and almost everyone had questions for him to answer, so that was interesting, as he had a lot of information to share! We had a short Lecture first, and... More 

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

You need to be aware of our recent experience at Kitt Peak. For Fathers Day, and now that my daughter is old enough to participate, we decided to spend the weekend in Tucson with the primary reason being for a Night Program at Kitt Peak. My wife made the arrangements for the three of us on Saturday the 20th. The... More 

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Havelock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

You need to be comfortable with a ride up the mountainside in your car, but the view is quite spectacular. The road winds for 12 miles up the mountain,. around and around and around, finally the pinnacle and several telescopes greet your effort. This is well worth the visit. Their are three tours to three different telescopes, We where there... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A really interesting way to see stars and get information about the solar system and our planet. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This drive is closer than Mt. Lemmon Observatory but the drive up is steep and narrow. Great views of Tucson from the top. The visitor center is very well done and has some great displays. You can have a docent-led tour or walk yourselves as the signs within the various buildings are self-explanatory. We didn't get an opportunity to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Kitt Peak Observatory is amazing and offers a variety of tours and camps to fit any guest. What a treasure. The Observatory sits at nearly 7,000 feet elevation, and the 360 degree view from the mountain is in itself worth the drive. We did an overnight with a personal astronomer and "our own" telescope at the Observatory, as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is the third time we have visited Kitts Peak for the nightly observing program and it is amazing for kids and adults of all ages! This time we got to see Saturn up close with all it's rings in full glory, several nebulae, and some distant galaxies. Viewing the moon through the high powered telescopes is an awesome sight... More 

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Address: Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
Phone Number: 520 318 8726
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Sells

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