We’re aware that many people are eager to come visit Kitt Peak by car, bicycles or even on foot. The public Arizona State Route 386 up to Kitt Peak National Observatory is still closed by ADOT while it makes necessary repairs to the road and guard rails after damage from the Contreras Fire. For this reason, all public programs and tours, including online workshops, at KPNO are suspended due to the effects of the Contreras Fire on the site.
Founded in 1958, Kitt Peak National Observatory is home to one of the largest arrays of optical and radio telescopes in the world.
KPNO is located 87 km (54 miles) southwest of Tucson, Arizona, at an altitude of 2096 m (6877 ft) in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Kitt Peak Visitor Center is your first stop on any visit. It is your springboard to informative daytime tours, nighttime stargazing programs, fascinating exhibits, a terrific gift shop, and beautiful panoramic mountain top views!
The astronomical community is honored to have the opportunity to conduct astronomical research on Iolkam Du’ag (Kitt Peak) in Arizona. We recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that this site has to the Tohono O'odham Nation.