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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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Because the sky was so clear at 7000 feet, we were able to see the International Space Station... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
via mobile
Great place with astounding views, an hour from Tucson!

I had heard of this place before and decided to check it out. The drive is a bit less than an hour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Diego, California
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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” (47 reviews)
“night program” (22 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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 5 days ago via mobile

Because the sky was so clear at 7000 feet, we were able to see the International Space Station moving across the sky with our naked eyes. There seemed to be more stars than the space between them. Orion was particularly bright. Through the telescope we...More

Thank sunnyjazz1028
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard of this place before and decided to check it out. The drive is a bit less than an hour from Tucson and you get to drive up some fun windy roads to the top of a mountain. The telescopes are numerous and...More

Thank Geoeater
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you enjoy great mountain top views, night skies, large telescopes, learning about astronomy, and/or beautiful sunsets then Kitt Peak Observatory is the place for you. There are many options for daytime tours and night sky viewing. You can spend the entire day/evening here or...More

1  Thank jordo77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We signed up for the two hour intermediate level tour and it was outstanding (this is for those with some basic knowledge of the stars. Our guide, Sara T, was extraordinary. Yes dress in layers, and go when the moon is new. The "sandwiches" provided...More

Thank lizard007
Reviewed 2 January 2018

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 26 December 2017

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

2  Thank John H
Reviewed 24 December 2017

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 20 December 2017

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

3  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

3  Thank jmel2015441
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25 January 2018|
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Response from pldj m | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of motels in Tucson. Only a few are under the hills, still need to drive a while. Lots of telescopes you can visit, different styles and functions. Give yourself more time to drive around the mountain road.
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