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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Address: Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
Phone Number:
+1 520-318-8726

Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian...

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.

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Dark Sky Discovery Program is First Rate

My husband is a huge astronomy buff and I went along not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. What a wonderful surprise. The staff running the nighttime programs is first... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
bay area, ca
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bay area, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband is a huge astronomy buff and I went along not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. What a wonderful surprise. The staff running the nighttime programs is first rate. It really does get super cold in the evening hours. Even though part of the program is inside the dome with the telescope, it will still... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The drive away from Tucson and up the mountain is worth the opportunity to learn about astronomy and the ongoing effort to better understand our universe. We signed up for the Night Observatory Program, and while waiting for sunset and the program's start wandered around the individual observatories strung along the spine of the mountain. It is clear you are... More 

2 Thank beaner1138
Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was really cold the night of 1/7/17 and visitors are well advised to prepare for being at about 6750 ft.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Kitt Peak reluctantly...my sister decided it would be interesting, so we trudged along with her. Although we wanted to see the night program, that was too expensive for a group of five, so we chose one of the docent-guided tours at 10am instead. It was fascinating! The introduction by our docent was eye-opening: we learned about the Dark... More 

3 Thank rhonda60103
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last year when i visited friends in Tucson we tried to visit KP but it was fully booked. So first piece of advise is to BOOK way in advance and DEFINITELY go. Worth every penny and shiver (it does get cold and very dark). Second suggestion is to BRING WARM CLOTHES--the altitude makes for very chilly and windy conditions. A... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am going to try and provide a very detailed review here, but overall I felt the Kitt Peak Nighttime program was not what I had expected upon scheduling for the event, with an overall average feel at the end of the night. There were some great things about the event, and some things that were pretty disappointing. The PROS... More 

2 Thank kp1851
Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The Observatory is about 55 miles SW from Tucson which includes a drive up Kitt Peak Mountain. We made an impromptu visit during the day and I wasn't expecting much. However I was pleasantly surprised. The Mt drive was lovely with lots of scenic stops and photo ops. The Observatory at the top, actually consists of many Observatories. The staff... More 

4 Thank LoveNewAdventures
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Well worth the $50.00 per person admission. Very informative, but I wouldn't bring kids younger than pre teens as there are some fairly steep hills you'll be walking up.

1 Thank Michael R
Oak Forest, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Where do I start! Truly one of the most remarkable experiences, for us, ever. With that said...we are city-folk so just seeing A Star is incredible, but seeing what we saw was just humbling to us. I think its safe to say that it was the first time that we thought "Wow, there is just so much more that we... More 

2 Thank Bordenbunch
Nolensville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Breathe taking experience - beautiful landscape, knowledgeable guides, lots of neat technology explained to you - the night tour was fabulous, could see so much in the sky.

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