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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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Our entire family (2 adults, 2 teens) enjoyed this experience. We lucked out and had a clear night... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2016
London, United Kingdom
It would be worth going, just for the drive and view, but the tour was great, too.

Four of us got there just in time to take a 90 minute tour. We would have liked to take the second... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2016
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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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

Our entire family (2 adults, 2 teens) enjoyed this experience. We lucked out and had a clear night and it wasn't too cold. We had about a 1/2 full moon, so the moonlight did limit us a bit, but we still saw a ton. We...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2016

Four of us got there just in time to take a 90 minute tour. We would have liked to take the second tour of the day, but our schedule would not permit it. Two of us went with one docent, two with another. The docent...More

Thank Ladeelawyer
Reviewed 11 February 2016

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...More

Thank Kathie W
Reviewed 10 February 2016

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

Thank Marion62_10
Reviewed 6 February 2016

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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Reviewed 5 February 2016

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.

Thank NativeTucsonan
Reviewed 30 January 2016

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...More

Thank Kimberly D
Reviewed 29 January 2016

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.

Thank blondeegal
Reviewed 27 January 2016

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...More

Thank jwkChehalis
Reviewed 25 January 2016

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...More

Thank terry h
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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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2 March 2018|
Response from sunnyjazz1028 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.