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“In transition but still interesting”

National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Sunspot
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Management of the site is in transition. Only one telescope was open to the public IF you catch the employee there, which we were fortunate enough to do. Visitor center has some interesting exhibits. Amazing view of the whole valley below is worth the short walk.

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

NMSU have just taken over this, now they do their own guided tours led by enthusiastic students and knowledgeable staff. Go on Saturday for the full experience.

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

We drove up the mountain to see the Sunspot Solar Observatory and, even though it was a weekend and we knew no tours would be offered, we were sadly disappointed at how you can't see much. We did enjoy the view of the Tularosa Basin.

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Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

We went up for an impromptu trip to watch the eclipse. All the staff was friendly, the area was beautiful and they had a little walking trail. We visited their little museum and had a chat with some of their employees about the eclipse and their technology on site.

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Reviewed July 21, 2017

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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