Kitt Peak Nightly Observing Program

Online Reservation Form

Welcome to the reservation system for the Kitt Peak Nightly Observing Program, or NOP. The NOP is an introductory star-gazing and telescope viewing program which is great for beginners, and for those who want to experience some telescope viewing. The program start time is generally 60 to 90 minutes prior to sunset, which therefore varies throughout the year.

Make certain you register for the correct date. The calendar page will show you which nights NOPs have any availability, and how many spaces are open. If a night shows zero availability or fewer spaces than are in your party, then do not try to register for that night.

We want to make sure that your time on Kitt Peak is a truly memorable experience. There is important information found here and on the emailed confirmation you will receive moments after making your reservation. Read carefully. If you have questions, please call the Visitor Center at 520-318-8720 or 520-318-8739. Keep in mind that guests registering through this electronic system are charged a lower program fee than those registering by phone.

Our nighttime programs are offered to limited size groups every night of the week, except certain major holidays, and from July 15 to September 1 when we suspend this operation due to the local monsoon season. During certain seasons there are over 1,300 people seeking the 50 or so available seats on any given program. Please plan your visit as far in advance as possible to increase the likelihood of reserving your first choice of dates.

It is important that you understand that NOPs are held regardless of cloudy or clear weather. In the event of cloudy weather a series of unique indoor presentations, hands-on activities, and behind the scene telescope tours will be undertaken that are educational and enjoyable. If during this program the clouds clear enough, we will provide telescope viewing. Refunds or discounts due to inclement weather are not available. If the forecast is for potentially hazardous weather at any point during the evening—-heavy rain, fog, snow, ice, lightning, or if any other acts of nature occur--then we will cancel the program for the evening.

When you register, provide us with a mobile phone number where we can reach you during the afternoon of your scheduled program. If we cannot reach you, and we must cancel the evening program, then you may make a 56 mile drive for nothing.

If you wish to cancel your reservation, then you must contact us no later than 24 hours prior to check-in time for your program. Deposit fees will be charged to your credit card for no shows, if you do not provide us with 24 hours notice.


We provide a light dinner near the start of the program. When you register, you can choose from a turkey or vegetarian sandwich, or opt to not reserve a meal. However, the program fee is the same whether or not you choose a meal. Our kitchen is unable to guarantee that these meals are either gluten free, allergen free, or otherwise, and they cannot prepare any special requests. If you have special dietary needs you are welcome to bring your own meal. If you register late for the program, after 1:30 pm on the date of the program, you will not receive a dinner. Our cafeteria requires us to provide a final headcount by this time.


If you wish to register on-line, first enter the spam prevention words or numbers visible in the window below. If you cannot read the words or numbers, just click the rotating arrows on the reCapcha box to get a new set which might be easier to read. Next, please click the button labeled Create New Contact and New Reservation to proceed to the calendar viewing page. Once you find a date with an adequate number of openings, then create a new contact and a new reservation. After you have entered all required information and completed your reservation, you will quickly receive an email confirmation containing program details, driving directions, rules and restrictions enforced on the mountaintop, and other important information. Make certain to correctly enter your email address so that you receive this confirmation. Also enter the number of a mobile phone, that you will have with you and turned on during the day of your program, so that we can reach you.

You may only enter an original reservation here. To alter, reschedule, or cancel an existing reservation, you must call the Visitor Center at 520-318-8720 or 520-318-8739.


If you have any questions about the NOP, Please call the Visitor Center at 520-318-8720 or 520-318-8739.