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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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Great day trip or bike climb. Beware of night programs!

We've lived in Tucson for many, many years and have visited Kitt Peak often. It is a fantastic day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Daniel M
Tucson, Arizona
Beautiful views

I am not good with heights and the drive up made me feel extremely queasy, luckily it wasn't busy... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
+1 520-318-8726
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 23 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
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Enjoy the beautiful 12 mile drive up to the 6800 ft peak to see astronomy at its finest. 24 telescopes each stationed with different purposes are scattered around with walking tours. Bring an extra jacket as the temperature drops 10 degrees. The visitor center has...More

1  Thank Connieleee
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Reservations are a must for the nighttime observatory session. After a historical film, box supper, and instructions, we were ushered to the mountain edge for sunset photos. No photography after sundown nor light pollution. Headlights are coated with removable red covers for exit. 8 viewings...More

2  Thank Doug_H4621
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This is one of those 'touristy' things locals usually do when they have houseguests. That was true for us, and I recommend it for all locals and tourists alike! This is a gem of a facility, a bit of a drive from Tucson but well...More

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The afternoon and evening at the Kitt Peak National Observatories was a highlight of our trip to Phoenix and Tucson. We've been to the mountain before and we'd taken the evening astronomy class once before, but this was the best evening class we'd taken. After...More

Thank Bob J
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Is there good signage for Kitt Observatory as you approach the spot where you leave the state hwy? Thanks in advance
13 April 2017|
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Response from Swampgal123 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! But pay attention and do use a map.
What are the specific times of the nighttime introductory tour? My wife and I are thinking of Thursday 5/25.
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
For the daytime tours, is there a tram from point to point, or will we be walking?
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