My husband and I went to the National Solar Observatory (Sunspot) on a Thursday. We drove up from Alamogordo early in the morning in hopes to see more wildlife. We were not disappeared. We saw elk along Sunspot scenic byway at 8:30 am (last week in June). It was 78 degrees when we left Alamogordo and 51 degrees when we arrived at Sunspot. We spent about 30 minutes walking around the buildings in a park setting. Visitors are not allowed inside the building to see the telescopes. There were signs outside each building describing the telescopes. Half of the telescopes are old and no longer in use. There is a great view of the valley below. We could even see White Sands Missile Range. The visitor center and museum is open 9 am to 5 pm. The visitor center has nice restrooms, a small museum and an unfriendly lady worker inside. If you are in Cloudcroft, the beauty of the ride to Sunspot and a nice short walk through Sunspot is certainly worth 2 hours of time. Apache Point Observatory is about 1 mile from Sunspot and is worth a short stop as well.
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