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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Fascinating Place

We decided to go here for my birthday. It was a great experience. We took the guided tour which... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2015
Tucson, Arizona
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I will do this again

We attended the Nightly Observing Program and it was fantastic. From the scenic drive up the hill... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2015
Gary W
Rio Rico, Arizona
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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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Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

We decided to go here for my birthday. It was a great experience. We took the guided tour which took in the major telescopes. The saddest part is that the largest scopes are no longer active due to cutbacks. Still, there was a lot of...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

We attended the Nightly Observing Program and it was fantastic. From the scenic drive up the hill to the "running lights" only caravan drive for the first mile back down the hill at the end of the program. The Kitt Peak Web site provides complete...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 23 October 2015

Our family went on the Nightly Observing Program last night. A big letdown as far as I'm concerned: Pros: Two pleasant, competent young program guides, Lucas and Carmen. Cons: It was a big disappointment. Kitt Peak is a major, world-class collection of astronomy facilities. And...More

7  Thank RoseyL
Reviewed 19 October 2015

We enjoyed the evening program at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. The ride up the mountain to the observatory from the highway was scenic and enjoyable. Luckily we had a fairly clear evening and were able to see quite a bit. The 37 participants the...More

1  Thank klmaestra
Reviewed 11 October 2015

I attended all 3 tours at the Observatory and each explored different observatories. It was a little tiring doing all three but well worth it. The scenery traveling up to the Observatory as well as the surround area was outstanding and I took so many...More

3  Thank Mary E
Reviewed 10 October 2015

An informative and well-constructed evening guide to star (planet and galaxy) gazing, using the naked eye, binoculars and large telescopes. Climbing the winding road to the top, one doesn't realise that there is a whole community of telescopes up there. I was very glad that...More

1  Thank SashaB52
Reviewed 2 October 2015

Kitt Peak National Observatory is on a sky island south of Tucson about 35 miles. Take the tour that is offered it will give you a lot of insight on what is being done here and you also will be able to get inside of...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 21 September 2015

My son and I were traveling from SC to Cali so of course this was on the way...Were originally going to do private tour but due to PM on telescopes did two of the group tours instead. It is out of the way, and make...More

1  Thank Vic S
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

So unfortunately it was a cloudy night and we weren't able to use the telescopes or binoculars. So here's what we got to do: walk up to a high point and watch the sunset. This was beautiful and we were able to capture some great...More

3  Thank Amy S
Reviewed 28 August 2015

The Kitt Peak National Observatory is a great trip if science is your thing. The Observatory is a bit of a drive from Tucson, but worth the trip. We took the guided tour during the week and had a personal docent. She explained how the...More

2  Thank Dick B
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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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Response from sunnyjazz1028 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.