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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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Very excited for an adventure. Left disappointed.

We had anticipation for a night of amazement. The drive up the mountain is beautiful, the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
carribeanfreakMN
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minneapolis
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Nice observatory tour & visitor center about an hour from Tuscon

Although they sell snacks, they don't have food - pack a picnic - they have a nice picnic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MilwaukeeCraig
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Milwaukee
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“solar telescope” (36 reviews)
“night program” (22 reviews)
“star chart” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
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+1 520-318-8726
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"solar telescope"
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"night program"
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"star chart"
in 15 reviews
"naked eye"
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"night tour"
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"visitor center"
in 31 reviews
"night viewing"
in 10 reviews
"light pollution"
in 13 reviews
"new moon"
in 7 reviews
"mountain top"
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"granola"
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"huge telescopes"
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"andromeda galaxy"
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"gift shop"
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"turkey sandwich"
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"celestial bodies"
in 5 reviews
"guided tour"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had anticipation for a night of amazement. The drive up the mountain is beautiful, the telescopes give you a sense of wonder. The program needs improvement. We were faced with a very windy night. Full winter gear would of been needed for comfort. It...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although they sell snacks, they don't have food - pack a picnic - they have a nice picnic area. Tours are at 10 AM, 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM - hard to find on website but look under daytime activities -> guided tour prices for...More

Thank MilwaukeeCraig
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our newly-minted 8 year old to one of their night viewing programs for a birthday gift, and it was just amazing! The age minimum is 8, and it was perfect for him. It’s a long evening and you must be pretty into space...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This would be good if you were a total novice.If you have looked thru backyard telescopes before and gone to a star party or two save your money.Hour and a half drawn out program on star chart and average star viewing thru telescope (surprising considering...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had we gotten there earlier in the day, or been able to stay, I would have given this 5 stars. We came with an hour left to closing and there wasn’t much left open. BUT just walking around in the peace and serenity being able...More

Thank Charli S
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Kitty Peak is the place to visit if your in Tuscon! The staff were very helpful and friendly, and the information the fed us was interesting, gripping and very useful! In the observatory you can see all the 8 planets of our Solar System, and...More

1  Thank Venezia_UK
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We took the guided tour with a guide named Penelope who was informative without being too technical to understand.

Thank crehark
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

My partner and I went not knowing what to expect and it was amazing. 12 telescopes here- more than anywhere else in the world! The 4 ML Mayall telescope has a less similar to the Hubble telescope. I recommend booking at least a week in...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We arrived 2/28 right away in the morning. It had snowed that night a couple inches of snow and upon arrival was told the docents were told to stay home because of weather! SO disappointed as we had planned this for months and made a...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

We attended the Night Observation Program and I came away disappointed. The location is beautiful and the drive is stunning, but the program was too geared towards beginners leaving those of us who might be more knowledgeable out in the cold (figuratively and literally given...More

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Rose G
3 March 2018|
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Response from sunnyjazz1028 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Try Googling the Kitt Peak website.
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georgedschaefer
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.
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