Kitt Peak Visitor Center

Kitt Peak Visitor Center

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

Special Events, Private Groups, and Schools

Youth Group Overnight Programs

We provide special overnight programs for youths

Your youth group is invited to spend an unforgettable night on Kitt Peak 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 celestial wonders through both binoculars and telescopes and spend the night sleeping at Kitt Peak. Educational activities appropriate to your group's age and interests can be arranged in advance with your personal astronomy guide for the evening. The program is ideal for groups of up to 25 people. This program takes place in a telescope dome and classroom that is not accessible to wheelchairs.

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. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop is wheel-chair accessible and features an accessible restroom. However, most of the telescope domes visited during the school programs are not wheelchair accessible and require climbing one or more staircases.

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

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

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

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