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.

Nightly Observing Program

The NOP is our most popular nighttime program and runs nightly year around.  It introduces guests to the night sky by means of various observing techniques.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O’odham nation.

Dark Sky Discovery Program

If time at the telescope is your preference, Dark Sky Discovery is your opportunity to observe a multitude of deep-sky objects in a small group setting.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O’odham nation.

Night of the Marvelous Moon Program

The Moon is full of features, Photo by Casey Good

With this guided Moon observing program, you’ll go beyond craters, and learn to identify some of the most admired and peculiar surface features on the Moon.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O’odham nation.

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