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Worth a stop if you are visiting Sunspot National Solar Observatory

My husband and I went to the Apache Point Observatory on a Thursday. We saw elk along Sunspot... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2017
M J
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Austin, Texas
A working observatory - can view the valley and outside of 4 telescopes

This is a short drive on a single lane road from the national observatory. There is a short walk... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2016
muklukmary
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Whitehorse, Yukon
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21 Jul 2017
“Worth a stop if you are visiting Sunspot National Solar Observatory”
10 Jul 2017
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Reviewed July 21, 2017

My husband and I went to the Apache Point Observatory on a Thursday. We saw elk along Sunspot scenic byway at 8:30 am (last week in June). We spent about 20 minutes walking around the buildings. It is like a park. Visitors are not allowed...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

A good self-guided walking tour of the different telescopes of the observatory, however, they cannot be seen from inside. However, its worth while for the scenic views of the White Sands and Alamogordo below.

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Reviewed April 10, 2016

This is a short drive on a single lane road from the national observatory. There is a short walk around the site with some look-outs over the basin. No visitor's center and limited information available. To be honest we went here because the visitor's center...More

2  Thank muklukmary
Reviewed April 7, 2016

You can walk around the grounds and see the telescopes and amazing views of the basin far below. There is no visitor center.

Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed September 16, 2014

Scenic drive out to Sunspot and you should swing by if visiting the Solar Observatory. Be careful on single lane road, but it is very easy drive up to telescopes. Can only see the outside of telescopes. Box in parking lot has brochures of the...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed July 4, 2014

This observatory has 4 telescopes. One drives out Sunspot Scenic Byway almost to the end (starting in Cloudcroft) and makes a left turn before reaching Sunspot. This is a one lane road, but with occasional turnouts, should a car come in the opposite direction. It...More

1  Thank ANNIE S
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This Observatory is run by New Mexico State University for a consortium of universities. The road is one lane (a turn off from the Sunspot Scenic Byway, very near Sunspot), with a few pullouts to let oncoming traffic pass. There was no traffic when we...More

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