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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
520 318 8726
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Sells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, National Parks, Reservations
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... more » 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. « less
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Naples, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you have any interest in astronomy, this facility is an absolute must! In fact, like the title of my post, it is one of those attractions that is truly worth going out of your way to visit. While the views and information are great throughout the day, the evening viewing experience is a must. In addition to great discussions... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Friends had been recommending that we visit Kitt Peak for years, and we finally visited last month. We chose to go during the day rather than for the evening show. The drive alone up the mountain to the observatory was breathtaking. We discovered that there is more than one observatory, although most are not open to the public. Three different... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We took a night tour of the observatory. Actually, there are about 25 different telescopes here. I don't know what you see on the day tour, but the night tour was fantastic. You must make reservations ahead of time. We went during the new moon and the darker skies are great for stargazing. They will telephone by 2 PM the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went to the special dark night program they give on new moon nights. It is all telescope viewing then, and totally worth the extra cost. I have never seen so many stars! The telescopes are easy to see through, and we saw galaxies, binary stars, clusters, nebulas and much more. The dinner was simple but good. My kids (11... More

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Cumberland, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This place is awesome. We went for the night tour. We left Tucson at 3:30 and arrived by 5:00 pm. We sat outside until 6 PM when the tour started. I wish I had gone inside earlier to walk through the gift store. There are wonderful things there, but I didn't have another opportunity to spend time there. The tour... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Took family for their evening observing program. Despite the COLD and very gusty winds, it was awesome! Bring gloves, scarves, hats and layers cause the telescopes aren't heated. Guides are working astronomers and made learning about the sky fun. Spent at least an hour looking through telescope to see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and an almost full moon. Then, had a... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Had the great pleasure of visiting the Kitt Peak National Observatory in late March. If you are interested in astronomy or just curious about the subject you will find this a fascinating place to visit. Plan on getting there early so you can take in all three guided tours as they are excellent and full of interesting information. The main... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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168 reviews 168 reviews
50 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We stopped at the observatory on our way from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to Saguaro National Park. The observatory has three guided tours. Each tour features a different telescope. Tours begin at 10:00, 11:30 and 1:30 in the visitor center. We arrived too late for the first tour so we took the opportunity to tour of the McMath-Pierce Solar... More

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Astro85719, Manager at Kitt Peak National Observatory, responded to this review

Clarification, the Kitt Peak Visitor Center is not run by the Tohono O'odham Tribe. It is run by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the National Science Foundation. The Observatory however is on Tohono O'odham lands. More

Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We visited Kitt peak's 4 meter telescope onservatory after the last tour had been completed. The remoteness of the site makes it important to plan to either bring food or eat prior to going. Be prepared for cold temperatures, though it was 82 when we were there. There were also impressive wind gusts. I loved the tremendous views from the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I "discovered" Kitt Peak National Observatory & National Solar Observatory while reading a AAA Highroads magazine. My thought was, even though I'm not knowledgeable on astronomy, who wouldn't want to see the heavens through different eyes. Wow, what an experience. My husband and I along with a friend, made a special trip to Tucson to be able to visit Kitt... More

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