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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

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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Great Chance to View Stars & See Largest Constellation of Telescopes

This was a highlight of our trip. The night tour offers dinner (or you can bring your own - theirs is a choice of a turkey or vegetarian sandwich plus chips, cookie, water... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Claire W
Newton, Massachusetts
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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a highlight of our trip. The night tour offers dinner (or you can bring your own - theirs is a choice of a turkey or vegetarian sandwich plus chips, cookie, water...). Initially they orient you to the Observatory and their focus on public education, then you watch the sunset, then they give you a star chart and you... More 

Thank Claire W
Arlington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our two teenagers to the Nightly Observing Program & it was awesome! A must for anyone who is interested in space, stars, & planets! Even if it's 100°+ in Tucson, it will be chilly on Kitt Peak so dress in layers. Go see all the wonders the true night sky has to offer!

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Acton, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited during the day hoping to see something from the solar observatory, but although it was sunny in Tucson, it was snowing on Kitt Peak., We did the walking tour of the telescopes open to the public which was interesting, but I suspect the night time tours are really interesting. The views of the desert from up here are... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we had to deal with the smoke from nearby forest fire which blotted out half of the sky, there was still more than enough for us to see and enjoy. A very nice informative program. Our guides (Alex and Ali) were both knowlegeable AND excellent presenters. Very good value.

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Our family signed up to do the Dark Sky observation program and thoroughly enjoyed our 5 hours on Kitt Peak. We arrived pretty early and wandered around the visitor center though you could have gotten there 15 min before the start and been fine. This mountain has 27 working telescopes and quite a few researchers on site so we were... More 

1 Thank WendeD
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We arrived around noon and wanted a tour of Kitt Peak. There are only three walking tours per day and only one telescope per tour. The next tour wasn't until 1:30 to the 4 meter telescope. We did the self guided tour to the solar telescope and the 2 meter telescope. All we could do was look at the telescopes... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We are newbies to stargazing and invested in an overnight program. The dorms are basic - think Motel 6, but clean. And, really, after a long night of stargazing any bed will do. Our docent, Casey, was phenomenal. Very knowledgeable and also knew how to engage the teen members of our party. As part of our private viewing, we got... More 

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Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

My dad worked here in the early '70's. I was here as a child. It was important for me, while on vacation in the area, to see Kitt Peak again. The views are amazing! It was great being able to go see it all again with my husband & son.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

I'd planned on spending a couple of hours here whilst on my way to Tuscon but ended up visiting for nearer 4 hours, and I could have spent longer. I arrived early on a Sunday morning and the whole area was almost deserted, I was really surprised how quiet it was. It's a large site with all sorts of telescopes... More 

1 Thank Paul M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

What a great experience! Fun, educational, and amazing! There are actually 26 different telescopes on the peak, 3 of which are used by the visitors. Highly Recommended!

Thank Ted C

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