Tohono O'Odham Indian Reservation, Arizona

Tohono O'Odham Reservation Travel Blog

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Africancrab by the signage as you enter the Reservation.

Desire and I, spent a day on the Tohono O'Odham Indian Reservation today. It was a beautiful day in Tucson with temperatures in the lower 70s, we had initially planned to drive to Carlsbad, New Mexico to the Bat Caves, but my car did not feel right. After a lousy breakfast of tea and french toast, we decided to leave the house. Desire wanted to go to Bookman's to trade books for comic books, while I wanted to be somewhere in nature. After reaching an agreement, we decided we would drive out to the reservations and  trade in the books when we return, we took the book bags with us. I recalled making a trip to Kitt Peak a while ago without my camera, and how much I had enjoyed the nearly two hours drive through the Tohono O'Odham reservation (I did write a review on Kitt Peak).

sunkist view of the Tohono reservation from 4000 feet up
One of the things I remembered clearly was the number of roadside graves I had seen driving on Ajo Way the rather endless road that crosses right through the reservation. I recall wanting to stop and take some photographs and write about the graves, but my spirit rebelled against that thought, how disrespectful to the dead, I could hear my mother's voice as if she were next to me. Well I threw that thought out completely.  Well, back to reality; we left home at about 10:10 am, and headed north on Kolb road, the road on which we live, then east on Broadway for a while before we made another turn north to Speedway boulevard. He stayed on speedway for a few minutes before I realized we had headed way too far out to make the 260 exit on Interstate 10 which would lead us to 1-19. We should have been on S Alvernon Way but now it was too late.
Rocks on the winding road that leads up to the observatory grounds
It was hard to turn back let alone time consuming, so we headed to the freeway anyway and made a turn back to East I-10.  Four miles later we made it to exit 260 to merge onto I-19 S towards Nogales. a minute later we exited at 99 and merged onto Ajo way which is also Arizona Highway 86 W. Once we were on Ajo way, all we needed was to keep going west until we got to the left turn to Kitt Peak, which is at 5,600 feet above sea level. Kitt Peak is on the Tohono O'Odham reservation and is home to the world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world.

The Tohono O'Odham are actually part of the aboriginal native Americans who live in the Sonoran Desert and part of northwestern Mexico.

A view of the Tohono reservation land, higher altitude
Here in Arizona, they occupy the third largest reservation in the whole of the United States, the largest being the Navajo. Kitt Peak, located on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, is home to twenty-four optical and two radio astronomy telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions. It draws a great many astronomers from all over the world. My friend Tim has always talked about it and tried to tell me about the giant telescopes on Kitt Peak (Tim is a solar astronomer, he knows plenty about the sun). These domes house the largest collection of telescopes on one mountain anywhere in the world. (Please refer to my review on the Kitt Peak Observatory). I shall have an updated review on the Tohono Chul Park as well.

Africancrab says:
Great Mehmet, I shall look forward to hosting you when you come.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2010
dieforu says:
ok thats great!deal!!im going to plan it from now!:-D
Posted on: Mar 09, 2010
Africancrab says:
You should come, I will be your personal guide.:)
Posted on: Mar 09, 2010
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Southwest Ridge of the observatory
Southwest Ridge of the observatory
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One of the telescopes being used
One of the telescopes being used
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Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Africancrab at Kitt Peak
Africancrab at Kitt Peak
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
The gian telescopes
The gian telescopes
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Africancrab on the solar observat…
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
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Africancrab on the solar observat…
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Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
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This little bird stayed with us a…
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Desire and I just being cheeky
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Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak Observatory
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One of the telescopes on the peak…
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Another of the telescopes
Another of the telescopes
The 4 meter telescope
The 4 meter telescope
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Tohono O'Odham Reservation
photo by: Africancrab