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Kitt Peak National Observatory - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Tucson, AZ 85634, USA

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About Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Kitt Peak National Observatory is a United States astronomical observatory located on Kitt Peak of the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert on the Tohono O'odham Nation, west-southwest of Tucson, Arizona. With over twenty optical and two radio telescopes, it is one of the largest gatherings of astronomical instruments in the northern hemisphere.


Attractions Near Kitt Peak National Observatory

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum51.48km from Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. Located just west of Tucson, Arizona. it features two miles of walking paths traversing 21 acres of the desert landscape. It is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Arizona

Old Tucson
Old Tucson52.85km from Kitt Peak National Observatory

Old Tucson is an American movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and close to the western portion of Saguaro National Park. It was opened to the public in 1960, and historical tours are offered about the movies filmed there, along with live cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts.

Ironwood Forest National Monument
Ironwood Forest National Monument55.17km from Kitt Peak National Observatory

Ironwood Forest National Monument is located in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. A significant concentration of ironwood trees is found in the monument, along with two federally recognized endangered animal and plant species. More than 200 Hohokam and Paleo-Indian archaeological sites have been identified in the monument, dated between 600 and 1450.

Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park55.38km from Kitt Peak National Observatory

Saguaro National Park is an American national park in Pima County, southeastern Arizona. Popular activities in the park include hiking on its 165 miles of trails and sightseeing along paved roads near its two visitor centers. Both districts allow bicycling and horseback riding on selected roads and trails. The Rincon Mountain District offers limited wilderness camping, but there is no overnight camping in the Tucson Mountain District.

Titan Missile Museum
Titan Missile Museum57.02km from Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Titan Missile Museum, also known as Air Force Facility Missile Site 8 or as Titan II ICBM Site 571-7, is a former ICBM missile site located at 1580 West Duval Mine Road, Sahuarita, Arizona. It is now a museum run by the nonprofit Arizona Aerospace Foundation and includes an inert Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile in the silo, as well as the original launch facilities.

Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac58.15km from Kitt Peak National Observatory

This is a historic Spanish Catholic mission that was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino. A historical church with importance in the history of US. It is now one of the famous tourist attractions in the Pima county.

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Pima County
Pima County
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Pima county is a county in the south central region of the U.S. state of Arizona. The county is named after the Pima Native Americans who are indigenous to this area.

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