Kitt Peak Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM for daytime visitors and volunteer-led tours. The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Sometimes we are closed due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Please check before ascending the mountain.

Admission is free to the Visitor Center, but we charge fees for daily guided tours and programs. All guests must depart the observatory by 4pm unless already registered in one of our nighttime programs.

Welcome to Kitt Peak National Observatory!

Home of the largest array of optical and radio telescopes in the world

In addition to conducting ground breaking astronomical research, we are open to you through our Visitor Center programs. Learn all the ways to become involved.

View objects of the cosmos! See planets, nebulas, galaxies, star nurseries, and more. We have three exciting programs for you. Our Nightly Observing Program; our Dark Sky Discovery Program; and our Overnight Telescope Observing Program-- all available on our research grade telescopes. For quick access go to Nighttime Programs for more information.

Planning Your Visit

Important things to do or know

After you have learned about our Tours, Stargazing, Programs, and Exhibits; then please read this section with important information about how to plan your visit, find us, get the most from your time with us, and stay safe and comfortable.

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Tours, Stargazing, Programs, and Exhibits

What we have for you

Whether you wish to visit during the day to catch a guided tour, visit at night to learn the constellations and view through a telescope, or even reserve a telescope all to yourself, we have something for you. Daytime and evening programs, VIP Tours, programs for schools and youth groups, exhibits, and facilities are described here.

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Join & Support

Help us continue

Although many operations of the Observatory are funded by the US Government, the Kitt Peak Visitor Center and its programs are not. This creates an enormous challenge. We rely upon program fees, ticket sales, gift shop sales, and the special generosity of people who believe that sharing astronomy and making the Observatory accessible to the world is important. You can become a Kitt Peak Member, make a tax-deductible gift, or donate needed supplies or equipment.

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Become a docent

If you are service-minded and astronomy-interested, enjoy meeting people, and you would relish the opportunity to work at one of the most scenic spots in southern Arizona then consider joining our Docent Program.

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Have you visited us and have a suggestion to pass along? Did you participate in a special program, tour or evening program and would like to provide an evaluation? This is the spot.

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