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.

Overnight Telescope Observing Program

This custom program gives you the full observatory experience and makes you a visiting astronomer at Kitt Peak. 

Visual observing and imaging of amazing deep-sky objects are both possible.  If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronomer, this program is for you.

Astrophotography Workshops

Our astrophotography workshops will introduce you to the different photographic aspects of the hobby; from planetary and solar imaging to landscape astrophotos and deep space astrophotography.

Youth Group Overnight Program

The Youth Group Overnight program gives kids and adults a more in-depth experience in astronomy.  The program is perfect for schools, scout troops, and other youth organizations.

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