Explore the Universe at Lowell Observatory
At Lowell Observatory, History and Science come together! Guided tours of the historic campus give visitors a chance to explore the famous path Clyde Tombaugh took the night he discovered Pluto. Experience the cosmos though widescreen multimedia shows, exhibits, and live presentations. Daily safe viewing of the Sun and nightly stargazing are offered during favorable weather.
A family friendly venue, Lowell Observatory allows everyone to explore the history of the universe, as well as modern science research.
Overnight camping and overnight RV parking is not permitted.
Please note that while people walk their dogs in the nearby forest and several employees who live on Mars Hill own dogs, only service dogs are allowed in the areas of campus open to public visitation.
Weather conditions play an important role in the activities and telescope viewing opportunities we are able to provide. We encourage checking the weather forecast as close to your visit time as possible.
Avoid becoming dehydrated by drinking plenty of water. Dress in layers; evenings can be cold, even in the summer. In the daytime, wear sunscreen to protect against sunburn.
Effective January 1, 2019
Covers day and evening programs; reservations not needed.
Under 5: Free
Seniors, AAA, college students, military: $16
Ages 5 – 17: $10
Seniors, AAA, college students, military: $11
Ages 5 – 17: $6
Guests of our partner hotels can enjoy discounted tickets pre-sold at the hotel front desk or concierge services.
Lowell Observatory is located at 7200′. You will want to pace yourself if you’re not accustomed to the high elevation. A golf cart is available for assistance up steep hills on campus. Please call the Lowell Scheduler at (928) 233-3280 in advance of your arrival to make a reservation.
Most of our buildings are wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately the Pluto Discovery Telescope is not wheelchair accessible.