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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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On top of the world!

We really felt like we were on top of the world on this mountain top! The views are incredible... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
denver, co
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Unbelievable Night Program

Kitt Peak has a beautiful view and excellent educational program. Take plenty of photo's on the... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Carl A
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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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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really felt like we were on top of the world on this mountain top! The views are incredible! Overlooking the desert valley and the Tucson and Mexican mountains, you can see for miles! Also the canyons driving up are stunning! Forests of Occittillos! I...More

Thank kathyred9824
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Kitt Peak has a beautiful view and excellent educational program. Take plenty of photo's on the steep drive up to the observatory then learn about astronomy. Day tour was good but the best tour wasat night. Phil, Carmen and Jackson were superb. Taking time to...More

Thank Carl A
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We visited Kitt Peak this year for the night program in particular. We arrived at noon, to do one of the guided tours then stay for the night sky program. We did the 3 pm tour. This tour entailed A LOT of walking UP hill,...More

1  Thank jcamardo2
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Even though the trip was nearly ruined by cloud cover, our docents provided an interesting program as we waited for the skies to clear. After they did, the viewing was SPECTACULAR. The deep dark of the night sky allowed us to see the Milky Way...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We've lived in Tucson for many, many years and have visited Kitt Peak often. It is a fantastic day trip, with interesting programs, films, and tours. A good gift shop too, with local Tohono O'Odham art for sale as well. My review is greatly impacted...More

1  Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

I am not good with heights and the drive up made me feel extremely queasy, luckily it wasn't busy so there was no one to get angry with my very tentative driving! The kids are 5th/ 6th grade and they enjoyed it though I think...More

Thank Poirotgirl
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Child soon will have telescopes in one spot but still Kitt Peak is a leader. There is about 26- telescopes at Kitt Peak. You can visit at least 3 of them. There are daily tours ( longer and shorter... check their website) as well as...More

Thank Anna G
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We drove out from Tucson, about an hour, and it was well worth it. The drive up to the top is as outstanding as the observatory. While we were there they had two different telescopes showing sun spots, very interesting. We also had a great...More

1  Thank Scott W
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

We booked this for my husband's 40th. He's an amateur astronomer, I am admittedly not. So this is a joint review. It was very heartening to be surrounded by a group of people who are also passionate about science. Please be mindful of their instructions...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Our visit to Kitt Peak was a 9-hour venture, including driving time, and it was just too long a day for us. The video was lengthy, but I enjoyed it. Our friends wearied of it. The Night Program consisted of 3 segments and a light...More

Thank Nickley
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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
9 March 2017|
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Response from CanadianGrammy | Reviewed this property |
You'll be walking. It's a rather long drive up a steep and winding road to the observatory. Once there you have to walk -- although it's not far. Maybe 5 8 minutes to a lookout to watch the sunset, then back down again... More