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Daytime Tours

Guided Daytime Tours of Kitt Peak National Observatory will restart on Friday 22 September. Spaces are limited to 24 guests per tour. Please make your reservation in advance to guarantee a spot.

Kitt Peak is very much alive during the daylight hours and offers a variety of activities to enjoy.

During the summer, the mountain is a great place to beat the desert heat.

Each tour, led by a docent, visits one of the large, historic telescopes of Kitt Peak. Telescopes are occasionally closed to the public for maintenance. The Visitor Center does its best to alert visitors of any changes to the regularly scheduled tours.

The program requires extensive walking. Most facilities visited are not wheelchair-accessible. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes, and be able to walk the distances between the telescopes and climb stairs. Please let us know 24 hours in advance at kpvc@noirlab.edu or phone +1 520 318 8726 if you require mobility assistance.

Duration: 1 hour

Strollers: Strollers are not permitted.

Advance reservation: Advance reservation is strongly recommended


  • 1 Daytime tour (regular) $19.95
  • 1 Daytime tour (discounted) $15.95

Discounts: Discounts (20%) are available for seniors from age 62, groups of 8 persons or more, active duty military with ID, and students with ID. Tours are free for ASTC Members and immediate family members (ASTC Membership card will be checked upon arrival).

Tohono O’odham Nation: This program is free to members of the Tohono O’odham nation (TON Tribal IDs will be checked upon arrival).

KPNO 2.1-meter Telescope: 10:00 am

Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope: 12:00 pm

KPNO 2.1-meter Telescope: 1: 2:15 pm

  1. Be cautious and respectful of wildlife; do not feed, pursue, or approach wildlife
  2. Stay with your guide and group
  3. No rock climbing or bouldering
  4. Stay out of recently burned areas
  5. If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness (dizziness, severe headache, etc) let your guide know immediately
  6. Be aware that high winds can make doors (on both cars and buildings) dangerous