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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Evening time program with lunch.

Even though it was very cold at 7000 feet +, we really were amazed at the many stars and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Duane T
Marion, South Dakota
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The website said that they were open to the public so we traveled (1.5 hrs) to this destination... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8720
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Even though it was very cold at 7000 feet +, we really were amazed at the many stars and satellites which we could see through the telescopes and binoculars. The guides did an excellent job of explaining what we saw in the sky. It was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Duane T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The website said that they were open to the public so we traveled (1.5 hrs) to this destination. Yes, the welcome center was open but the rest of the area was closed. All of the observatories were closed. We did walk around the area and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DeanG_and_LauraG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kitt Peak is not to be missed if you are in the Tucson area and want an amazing astronomy lesson. There are several programs, we attended the DSD (Dark Sky Discovery) program with Sara as our guide. After a light box lunch dinner and orientation...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and me drove from our rented condo in Tucson to Kitts Peak Observatory for a day trip. What an fun day and experience. We took the 3 day-time tours. It was educational and the near 8,000 ft. elevation provided amazing views. We underestimated...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank NEBGENE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Signed up for the DSD (Dark Sky Discovery) Program last week at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I highly recommend this program, especially if you are lucky to have Sara as your guide. Sign up early online as the DSD event is limited to 10 or...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive out and up to the peak is beautiful and the views from the top are too! The docents were excellent. We took the last tour of the day but arrived early enough to walk around and got to view the sun through a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Avelave
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are casual star gazers with little experience with telescopes. The chance to view the skies with high powered research equipment thrilled us. The drive from Tucson took little more than an hour with nice views going up the mountain. Being winter it was cold...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank travelnshoot4two
Reviewed January 7, 2019

A must if you are an avid astronomer, or just wanting to learn more about telescope and space in general. They do day tour and night tour, weather permissible. Fees are different for various tour. Visit website for more information.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joana G
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

I don’t have any followers but I wish I did so I can share the love of my life, the Sonoran Desert. Kitt peak is one our world’s leading astronomical treasures. Just a short 56 mile drive west of Tucson, then up the beautiful winding...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank fishdocdad
Reviewed November 21, 2018

Spent a day here with a docent. Wonderful views. Well protected and situated in a massive Indian reserve that extends into Mexico. Can see for miles with very little human disturbance. A feeling of escape from the World, tranquil and in touch with space. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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October 7, 2018|
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Response from Patuli | Reviewed this property |
I drove down at night with my headlights taped after the night observation program. I was in my RV - so there was a bit of heightened awareness while driving the mile until we could remove the tape from our... More
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March 2, 2018|
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I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.