Kitt Peak National Observatory is closed to visitors

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. 

Arizona State Route 386 up to KPNO remains closed to the public. Do not travel up this road for any reason or by any means. Access is limited only to staff and contractors due to safety concerns related to missing road guardrails, rapidly occurring rainfalls, and fire debris runoff during the monsoon season. 

Together with the Arizona Department of Transportation we continue to work to make the site safe so public visits can restart. We hope to have news about the reopening of the visits in December 2022. Please revisit this website periodically for updates.

Kitt Peak Membership

Help us grow by becoming a member! Stay informed about public events on and off the mountain.  Join today at one of our six membership levels and take advantage of our great member benefits program.

The Visitor Center is your first stop on any visit and your springboard to informative daytime tours, nighttime stargazing and telescope viewing programs, fascinating exhibits, a terrific gift shop, and beautiful panoramic mountaintop views!

There are 3 ways to join.

– Fill out the application and mail it in.
– Call the visitor center at 520-318-8720 or 520-318-8739
– Turn your application in in person when you visit the Kitt Peak Visitor Center.

Annual Membership Pricing

Membership benefits are for cardholders, and are nontransferable.
Gift Shop discounts will not apply to any Tohono O’odham crafts
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