Kitt Peak National Observatory

SR 86 & Ajo Hwy.
Sells, AZ 85634- Map It
Phone: (520) 318-8726

AAA Editor Notes

Kitt Peak National Observatory is 20 mi. e. on SR 86, then 12 mi. s. on SR 386, within the Tohono O'odham reservation in the Quinlan Mountains. The facility conducts astronomical research and contains 27 telescopes, including the world's largest solar telescope and the Mayall 4-meter telescope. Exhibits, special programs and a nightly stargazing program are featured. Travelers are advised to check on weather and road conditions. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.
Visitor center free. Guided tours $7.75; $3 (ages 7-12). All-day pass $9.75; $3.25 (ages 7-12). Intro-level Nightly Observation Program $55; $52 (ages 5-17, ages 62+ and students and military with ID). Reservations are required for all night observation programs and should be made 1 month in advance.
Hours: Visitor center daily 9-3:45. Guided tours of the facility are offered at 10, 11:30 and 1:30. Three types of stargazing programs are available only with reservations and begin at dusk, Sept. to mid-July. Phone to confirm holiday closure and schedule. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.