Tucson enjoys more
sunshine than any other city in the United States. Summer
temperatures range from average highs of 98.3 degrees to average lows of 69.6 degrees.
Average winter temperatures range from 65.3 to lows of 37.6 degrees. The lifestyle
is free and easy, and casual clothing is acceptable most everywhere. In the
winter, a light coat or jacket will usually suffice. If you plan to enjoy
the Arizona sun, we recommend you use a sunscreen for your safety.
The Arizona Stagecoach (office in the airport terminal,
phone 889-1000) is the most economical commercial transportation
between the airport and our Tucson headquarters. Their van currently
meets all incoming flights and can arrive at the downtown office in
approximately 40 minutes.
Taxicab service (unregulated) to and from the airport is also
available, with shorter travel time (20 minutes), and greater cost
(from $11.00-$20.00). A note of caution: For all taxicabs, remind
the driver to turn on the meter, since he may "forget," and propose
a flat rate which is higher than the metered rate.
When feasible, please schedule flights in and out of Tucson to correspond
with our shuttle bus schedule. If your arrival at the downtown office
conflicts with the Kitt Peak mountain transportation schedule and you
need same-day transportation to Kitt Peak, call 318-8279, between
8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (local time) to arrange for needed transportation.
NOAO does not provide pick-up or drop-off shuttle service to the Tucson
For your return flight, we recommend that you schedule your pickup
time at the downtown office
(950 North Cherry Avenue) for at least two hours ahead of your flight
departure. If you are coming directly from the mountain to meet a
flight, schedule the downtown pickup time two hours later than
your mountain departure. NOTE: The Arizona Stagecoach needs a
24-hour advance reservation from the Headquarters Office back to the
Through your Staff Contact, you should make advance arrangements
for the use of downtown equipment. Please indicate your needs on
the Observing Run Preparation Form.
Distribution of outside door key cards to NOAO Tucson offices is limited.
If you need to borrow a key card during your data-analysis directly
after an observing run, contact the Kitt Peak Support Office,
For other in-house data analysis services (from past observing
runs and the like), write to Dr. Steve Grandi, Manager, Central
Computer Services to request the use of the downtown computers.
Specify the time and equipment you need. After approval, you can
pick up your outside door key card in Room 100.
If you wish to use other reduction equipment such as the PDS,
Grant Measuring Engine, etc., please send e-mail to the KPNO Director at
email@example.com. After receiving
will be instructed where to pick up a door key card.
Please note: It is important for you to return the key card at the end of your
stay, as we have only a small number of key cards to loan out. Key cards
must be returned to the Kitt Peak Support Office,
Room 172, prior to your departure. If you leave after normal working
hours, the key cards should be placed in the drop box on the wall next to Room 172.
Please do not drop outside door key cards in any U.S. mailbox, or attempt to
mail them in an envelope that can be destroyed by the U.S. Post Office.
Please see someone in the Kitt Peak Support Office if you would like an
office to use while you are in Tucson. They may have already assigned
you an office if you indicated one on your Observing Run
For long-term visitors, if you need to park a private or rented vehicle in either
of the NOAO parking lots
on Cherry Avenue or First Street, request the Kitt Peak Support Office
to obtain a
Temporary Parking Permit from Central Facilities Operations. Having this
permit on the dashboard will prevent having the car towed away. If you
are going to arrive late or over a weekend, please advise the Kitt Peak
Support Office so that we can have a permit ready for you to pick up.
You are requested to place all long distance telephone calls on a credit
card or collect basis. A number of options exist for placing long
distance calls. For your convenience, please refer to the dialing
instructions posted at each telephone. If you have any questions
regarding telephone use, or need assistance in placing a call, you may
reach the Kitt Peak or NOAO operator, during normal working hours, by
dialing "0". In an emergency situation, please feel free to contact
any NOAO employee. If you are having trouble placing a call, they will
If you have asked people to send you mail here (whether you are
on Kitt Peak or in Tucson), please give them the NOAO
address: NOAO, Kitt Peak Support Office, P. O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726. You can pick
up your mail in the Kitt Peak Support Office, or we will send
it to Kitt Peak if you are still on the mountain.
To arrange for use of Tucson visitor offices either before or after your Kitt Peak observing run please contact the
Kitt Peak Observing Support office:
The Tucson city bus system is called "Sun Tran." City bus schedules
are located in the lobby of the Headquarters Building, and a
map of the entire city bus system is located in the hallway of the
Employees' Lounge. The bus is fairly convenient to most major shopping areas
or hotels, and the one-way fare is $1.00 (exact change only). Transfers
to connecting buses are free. If you
have any questions about catching the bus or schedules,
please call Sun Tran at 792-9222.
- (520) 318-8279
NOAO does not maintain apartments in Tucson. The Kitt Peak
Support Office may be able to suggest apartments for
long-term visitors (visitors who need lodging by the month or longer). For
shorter stays, the Kitt Peak Support Office can suggest
Updated March 3, 2011