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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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Stunning and unique experience!

Like many other reviewers we did the night programme which entails being onsite and ready for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julia W
London, United Kingdom
Nice Beginner's Tour

My sister and I completed the night program here. A few things to note: our tour guides were... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Phoenix, 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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“solar telescope” (35 reviews)
“night sky” (46 reviews)
“night program” (20 reviews)
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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 3 weeks ago

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

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

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

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
Reviewed 18 September 2017

A beautiful drive to the top allows you to see different vegetation zones as you go from Sonoran desert at the bottom to pine/oak forests. Free parking at the top and free visitor center. Small gift shop and some interesting astronomy exhibits. Nice views. Visitors...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 24 July 2017 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

2  Thank jcamardo2
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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