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Mount Graham International Observatory

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After 108 switchbacks and climbing a few thousand feet, we made it to the summit! The tour to the... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
N0eta
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Tucson, Arizona
I got scared

Anytime you go up a mountain 9000 feet, looking down can give you a sense of fear., for those who... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Monica M
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 18 August 2018

After 108 switchbacks and climbing a few thousand feet, we made it to the summit! The tour to the Observatory was relaxed, informative and full of facts.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Anytime you go up a mountain 9000 feet, looking down can give you a sense of fear., for those who don't like driving up, coming down is more scary than going up> Beautiful place to see. I wouldn't recommend it in the winter, gate closed...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

My friends and I really enjoyed the tour. Thanks to Jackie who schedules the tours, for keeping in touch and adding another van to accommodate our schedule. The tour guides are volunteers, and not scientists, however, they are knowledgeable about the telescopes, along with pointing...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank TomQA
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Must have reservations for the tour. Box lunch provided. A full-day visit. Beware high altitude sickness if you come from coastal areas. From Colorado, we had no problems. Dress in layers! An impressive tour of mind-boggling observatories. Great tour hosts. Learned so much! Very worth...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 24 July 2016

It was difficult to get a reservation. only once was I able to contact them and that was a lucky phone connection. After the initial contact, which I did make a reservation, I was not able to make contact with anyone associated with the organization...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing views of the Heavens and fantastic staff! It got a little cold as the wind kicked up in the evening and I was wishing I had brought a scarf. I took the moon picture with my IPhone through the telescope lens.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Wandered up Mount Graham on an early spring weekend. It's an hour & 45 minutes to Riggs Lake. We were surprised by this small jewel of a mountain lake. Crystal clear water, clean air & snow flurries! It's an easy walk around the shore path...More

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank mpm1000
Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

I have traveled to Mount Graham twice within the last year. Both trips have been amazing. We stayed once at Roper Lake, and another was just a quick daytrip. We STILL have yet to do the Observatory! Mount Graham is a very place I could...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank dodgechallengergirl
Reviewed 7 July 2015

This is a must see trip. It is an all day tour to go see the observatory. You will go to Discovery Park for a brief orientation, then you will load up in a van and get a guided tour up Mt. Graham. There is...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Fastmach B
Reviewed 1 July 2015

It was a beautiful trip up Mt. Graham. It was a neat experience to see the telescope. Our whole family learned a lot. The tour guides were entertaining and very informative. When we got up there we got to have a tour from some of...More

Date of experience: October 2014
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