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Traveling to Tucson

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory's offices are located in the NOIRLab Building (950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719) on the U of A Campus. Our location means visitors to Rubin have access to the convenience of campus life, restaurants and shopping as well as easy access to area hotels and bed and breakfasts. Check out the Tucson Visitors Bureau for more information at Visit Tucson.

Parking is a challenge in our area. In general, Rubin cannot provide parking for guests. However, there are parking garages within easy walking distance. We also encourage the use of mass transportation whenever possible (Sun Link).

If Rubin is arranging your travel the lodging will be coordinated by our travel administrator. Hotels in the vicinity most commonly used are the Aloft Tucson University, The Lodge on the Desert and the Sonesta ES Suites which all have negotiated rates with AURA and Rubin. 

If you will be a future or frequent traveler for Rubin or would like to update any pertinent travel information, please fill out a Travel Profile to support the reservation process.

Additional questions related to travel into Tucson may be emailed to Rubin Observatory Travel Administrator Erin Carlson.

Tucson International Airport (TUS)

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Traveling to Chile

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Safety in Chile

Traveling in La Serena



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We’re making some improvements to your travel page. Please see the upper left corner of the menu box which still contains all pertinent travel related links and information. Please email me, Erin Carlson, if you are unable to find something you previously saw on the site or have any creative suggestions for the site.



Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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