Kitt Peak Visitor Center

We offer special astronomical events, overnight camp-in experiences, and programs for organized groups.


Tours, Stargazing,
Programs, and Exhibits

Special Events, Private Groups, and Schools

Kitt Peak will be closed for major electrical improvements beginning Monday morning, August 21 running through Monday, August 28. No member of the public may visit for any purpose either during the day or evening during this period. Facilities will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 29 at 9am.

Youth Group Overnight Programs

We provide special overnight programs for youths

Your youth group is invited to spend an unforgettable night on Kitt Peak, YOUR National Observatory! You will experience star gazing like few places on Earth and become acquainted with the night sky, star charts, binoculars, and of course the telescope. You will enjoy amazing views of deep-sky wonders similar to those seen in the Nightly Observing Program. Educational activities appropriate to your group's age and interests can be arranged in advance with your personal astronomy guide for the evening.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

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Daytime School Programs

School and private group tours

Private tours of Kitt Peak may be scheduled for groups of 10 or more. These docent-led tours will begin with a brief introductory talk about Kitt Peak, and then head to one of the following telescopes; the McMath-Pierce solar telescope, the Mayall 4-meter telescope, or the 2.1-meter telescope. Private tours can be scheduled Monday through Friday, beginning at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, or 1:30 pm.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

To schedule a tour, please use our online reservation form.

Binocular Stargazing

View the heavens from Saguaro National Park

Join us at Saguaro National Park West for a night of stargazing with binoculars. A good pair of binoculars (provided) and your eyes are all that you need to explore the night sky. Our staff will teach you how to use binoculars and give you a tour of the evening sky. View planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and more. Learn how to navigate the night sky by using star charts. With a good pair of binoculars you will be amazed at what you can see.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Binocular Stargazing

Special Events

Special events are scheduled to usually coincide with rare cosmic events.

Meteor Mania!

Join us for a spectacular cosmic show

Get away from the bright city lights and join us under the dark skies of Kitt Peak National Observatory during the peak of a major meteor shower! Watch a mesmerizing light show created by hundreds of tiny sand grain-sized space rocks entering the Earth’s atmosphere at thousands of miles per hour. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

Meteor Mania

Total Eclipse? Get Totally Prepared!

Enjoy an exclusive program to learn about our Sun and how to safely observe the 2017 Solar Eclipse

With excitement building to a fever pitch in advance of the much anticipated August 21st total solar eclipse, now is the perfect time to learn about our Sun and how to safely observe it. Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is pleased to announce an exciting new half-day safe solar observing public class that will focus on the most dynamic object in our solar system, the Sun.

Total Eclipse? Get Totally Prepared!

Courtesy: The Telegraph (Australia)

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