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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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5 STAR for the Volunteer Guide called Guy

I have a Groupon for this and we were in Tucson and my husband love astronomy and so, headed to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Irvine, California
Very interesting, but.....

This is an amazing complex. We do wish that we had gone early in the day instead of doing a night... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
John H
Liberty, South Carolina
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“solar telescope” (36 reviews)
“night sky” (46 reviews)
“night program” (22 reviews)
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Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a Groupon for this and we were in Tucson and my husband love astronomy and so, headed to this place early in the morning with packed lunch as there is no food served up here and only chips and candies sold at the...More

1  Thank starofjupiter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing complex. We do wish that we had gone early in the day instead of doing a night program. It was very cold even though we dressed warmly. Our first guide, even though she was nice, was rather new and more immature...More

1  Thank John H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Kitt peak about 10 years ago. My family did the guided tour last time. This time we did a self tour. There was no cost. There was a solar viewing. It was cool seeing the Sun and the activity you get to see...More

Thank R W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wife and I were in the Tucson area and wanted to do something different. Kitt Peak certainly fit the bill! Very neat area and we did the three tours. Very interesting visit. A must stop if you are in the area.

Thank Bruce G
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Like many other reviewers we did the night programme which entails being onsite and ready for 4.00pm. Although nothing much happens until sunset, apart from a sandwich meal, it's important to be there on time because they close the gates at the base of the...More

1  Thank Julia W
Reviewed 6 November 2017

My sister and I completed the night program here. A few things to note: our tour guides were AMAZING. We were impressed not only with their vast knowledge but also by their friendly demeanor and helpfulness. It was not obvious exactly what the night program...More

1  Thank jmel2015441
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We did the night program which included dinner and night sky orientation using naked eyes binoculars and telescopes. A beautiful setting. Well presented

Thank lisa w
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

This is right place to go if you like astronomy. You can visit lots of telescopes. Recommend to see McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, it is the world's largest solar telescope. They offer several nighttime stargazing programs. Check the time before you go.

Thank pldj m
Reviewed 7 October 2017

My family and I (two boys aged 7 and 9) went to Kitt Peak for the nightly observatory program. They say you have to be 8, but they were fine with my 7 year old, but it did get a bit boring for the kids...More

1  Thank PickeringMikeReid
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Beautiful views, good tour. Drive is very scenic. Had a great time. Good gift shop with lots of interesting things.

Thank TBP2323
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Guohui C
18 December 2017|
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Response from Sarracenia | Reviewed this property |
I have not attended the night program or taken the tours. I have visited many times on my own. Day time is nice for the views and you can visit the different areas on your own. The picnic area below the visitor center area... More
14 April 2017|
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Response from Swampgal123 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! But pay attention and do use a map.
6 April 2017|
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Response from j2ette | Reviewed this property |
Most evening events require you to arrive at the Peak by 4:00. It is safest to reserve ahead of time because there is limited space and people are turned away, even during weekdays. The length is dependent on which program... More