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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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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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Dark Sky Discovery Tour

This tour was very well organized with a very knowledgeable guide and presented interesting information about the nebulae and star clusters we viewed through one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cambridge, Canada
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Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some of the visitors were told at the outset that the crew was short by 1 docent, leaving 48 of us to only 2 docents & 2 activities. After a good sunset viewing and introduction to the various telescopes (which we did not use) we proceeded to the visitor center for a good introductory video ~ cut short for long... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This tour was very well organized with a very knowledgeable guide and presented interesting information about the nebulae and star clusters we viewed through one of the telescopes. It was worth the trip and we recommend it versus the cheaper Evening Tour as you get more telescope time per person. TAKE WARM CLOTHES because you are outside at night.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Due to ice covering the entire peak the evening show was canceled. So if you're traveling in the winter months check ahead to confirm that your reservations will work. Still good fun for a daytime visit. Nice tour and gift ship, with several informative displays.

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Apache Junction
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I thought that it was a crazy idea to look at the sun with a telescope, but it turns out that it was quite fascinating. I wish that some of the other scopes were available to visitors.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived near 1PM and decided to just look around on our own, instead of taking the tour. Everything is well marked with information, so it made it a simpler process for us. We got to look through the solar scopes and THAT was pretty cool. The films running on a loop in the visitor center were excellent.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most knowledgeable tour guides we have ever encountered! We went on tour #1, and would really like to go back for another-most defintiely a night tour would be great! In addition to the tour, the scenery was wonderful.

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Chehalis, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tuesday - A phone call to their reservation# said there are many openings for all the evening tours this week and advised online reservations to save $5. Wednesday - Couldn't make online reservations for tonight because must be 24 hour advance. COULD NOT get any answer to multiple phone calls to all numbers and all extensions - morning, noon, and... More 

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Clovis, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Obviously this is an outstanding example of unique interest to anyone interest in science or wishing to visit a truly amazing site. if one suffers from heights, it would be wise to sit on the inside of the mountain road going in since the excellent road follows along with a precipitous view from the bottom of the mountain to the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was on the top of our to-do list during our quick weekend stay in Tucson. What a downer to find out that you need to arrive at 4:15pm to only sit around and wait for the sunset to take place at 6pm. We literally wasted two hours of our time for no reason. We were provided with "dinner" which... More 

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berlin center ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We knew it was gonna be cold...and also knew there is always a chance of clouds....the hosts tried to made due... I know they cannot control the weather.. but they need a better alternate plan.. So basically for 4 hours we stood around and listened to a bunch of stuff we really didnt understand. . Learned more about the native... More 

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