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Southeastern New Mexico Sights

National Solar Observatory–Sacramento Peak

  • 3010 Coronal Loop Map It
  • Sunspot
  • Observatory/Planetarium
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The National Solar Observatory–Sacramento Peak, 20 mi south of Cloudcroft on the Sunspot Highway at an elevation of 9,200 feet, is designated for observations of the Sun. The observatory, established in 1947, has four telescopes, including a 329-foot Vacuum Tower that resembles a pyramid. One observation point has a majestic view of White Sands and the Tularosa Basin. During the day you can inspect the telescopes on a self-guided tour and watch live, filtered television

views of the Sun. Interactive displays at the visitor center allow you to, among other activities, make infrared fingerprints. The community of Sunspot, home of the observatory, is an actual working community of scientists—not a tourist attraction—so you should stay within areas designated for visitors.

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3010 Coronal Loop, , off Sunspot Hwy., Sunspot, 88349, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Visitor center $3, self-guided tours free
  • Visitor center daily 9–5


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