Having completed the virtual tour, you will want to visit
Kitt Peak National
Located just 56 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona, via State
Route 86 on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, we have three guided
tours, observing programs and picnic grounds adjacent to a radio
Kitt Peak is open to the public
daily from 9 AM to 4 PM, except Thanksgiving Day, December 24
and 25, and January 1. The hours of operation for the Kitt
Peak Visitor Center are 9 AM to 3:45 PM. There is a suggested
$2 donation per person to the Visitor Center.
Kitt Peak offers visitors daily guided tours lead by qualified
docents at 10 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. You may conduct your
own self-guided tour anytime between the regular business hours
of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There are three major telescopes available
for visitation: the 4-Meter Mayall,
the 2.1-Meter, and the largest solar
telescope in the world, the McMath-Pierce,
each with a viewing gallery from which you can see the telescope.
Group tours and school tours are available with advance reservations
by calling (520) 318-8732.
Peak Visitor Center offers astronomical gifts and books,
post cards and posters, t-shirts and caps, along with an extensive
selection of hand-made Tohono O'odham
Kitt Peak also offers two night-time viewing programs for
the public: the general
three hour evening observing program and the more advanced
all night observing program. Both are by reservation only.
These two programs sell out nearly every night. Call for reservations
at least three weeks in advance for the general program, and
at least one month in advance if you are interested in the more
advanced, all night program. Call (520) 318-8726 between the
hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
The online Kitt
Peak General Brochure provides helpful information to the
visitor concerning weather and available public facilities, as
well as a road map to the mountain.