Located 47 miles south from the University of Arizona in Tucson, the MMTAO can be found at the base of Mt. Hopkins in the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. It’s just inside the Coronado National Forest.
The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory Visitors Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. Monday through Friday excluding all Federal holidays.
Call (520) 879-4407 to find out more about the displays and exhibitions are currently being featured. Typically, displays revolve around astronomy, astrophysics, satellite communications, natural science, and cultural history.
MMTAO is open to the general public. All tours must be arranged through the Visitors Center. Tours are conducted from mid-March through November on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Tour costs: $10 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 6-12.
Tours begin at 9 a.m. at the Visitors Center. You’ll be greeted by a video presentation that acts as a brief primer.The tour should be over by around 3 p.m. Please pack a lunch!
Mt. Hopkins summit elevation is 8550 ft. so please be prepared for for cooler temperatures and moderately thinner air.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling the visitors center. (520) 879-4407.