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Kitt Peak National Observatory, Sells

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  • 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 ja...  more »
  • 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 sundo...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Excellent location to visit, the drive up offers stunning views but the vista from the top is breath taking. The tours are fascinating and the staff very friendly but simply being able to explore at your own pace makes this a very relaxed location. A must for anyone visiting Arizona, just remember to take your passports/photo ID as you will pass border control on the freeway back to Tucson.
  • My family and I did the Nightly Observing Program and we LOVED it. Absolutely 100 percent worth checking out. I am definitely doing it again the next time I'm in the Tucson area. What a wonderful opportunity to see amazing things. The guides were very knowledgeable, professional, and passionate about astronomy. When they tell you to layer up, LAYER UP. It is chilly up there. I can't wait to do it again.
  • One of the the most educational visits during my times in USA. Especially amazing was the sun telescope.
  • Amazing 3 tours, each is different. 1st is solar telescope and next 2 optical telescopes for night viewing & tracking near earth objects. The guides are so generous with information & question time, there isn't much time between tours so take snack and definitely water on every tour. Lunch break time was sufficient to eat but you must bring picnic lunch as there are no food services. Visitor's center has a few displays & gift shop and a cooler with cold drinks for purchase. Amazing 360 views from 3rd tour. Fascinating place! Watch driving speeds on the straight highway out of Tuscon as the speed lowers a couple of times. There is a border patrol stop as well but quick. It was hot the day we were there but cool breeze & be prepared for all weather. Website has great info. on tours and prep. for visiting. Highly recommended!
  • Really informative and enthusiastic tour guide, lots of very interesting facts about the telescopes balanced with actual answers to questions not directly related to the facility. Would definitely take a longer tour or stay overnight to rent the scope next time I visit!