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Address: Plains of San Agustin, Socorro County, NM
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A scientific and spiritual experience ... enjoy

What a lovely and unexpected surprise! Leaving the Albuquerque airport, we stopped at the information booth to pick up some maps and tips for our week in New Mexico and the staff... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
elliottq
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Indianapolis

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a lovely and unexpected surprise! Leaving the Albuquerque airport, we stopped at the information booth to pick up some maps and tips for our week in New Mexico and the staff person said the VLA was a must see. She was absolutely correct. It is a fabulous 2-hr drive southwest from Albuquerque, the last hour of which is sublime.... More 

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Leadville, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go see and take the kids/grandkids. It will jump start their curiosity. NO electronic devices allowed makes it a special adventure.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's worth the drive, anytime you are in NM. Go to the visitors center first, see the movie, get a map, and then take the self-guided walking tour. You'll pay for your admission in the gift shop, which closes at 4pm. We were a group of eight (4 adults, 2 teens, and 2 younger children). Everyone enjoyed it. One of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very unique sight. One must drive 50 + miles into the middle of nowhere to see the vla. It does have a small center with a movie and such to inform visitors about the site and its purpose. I recommend sunset as it is a beautiful site, however the visitors center closes at 1630 or so.

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Brooklet, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

As they reached their teenagehood, I took my boys on a western trip, and set up our trip to include visits to Area 51, Meteor Crater, and the VLA. I can tell you that as we travelled from Roswell (Alien Central) to the VLA, we descended down from the mountains to the valley spreading out to the east. I will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2017

Was well worth the detour from Corpus Christi, TX. to Las Vegas NV. The self tour was very informative. Standing under one antenna makes one realize how small we are in the cosmos. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in astronomy.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

We drove two hours south and west from Albuquerque to see this amazing facility. The visitor's center and self-guided tour provide great basic information about radio telescopes. And seeing the these huge telescopes out on the plains of San Agustin was awe inspiring. We're not astronomy geeks but we found the experience fascinating. We learned that they re-configure them 4... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

Go where to feel a contact with far deep space, proud a human ingenuity or just got a pleasure of clear sky, distant view and silent environment. Stunned view, especially at sunrise and sunset. Famous VLA - VERY LARGE ARRAY - is a radio telescope. In fact this is a set of huge radio dishes placed at dried bottom of... More 

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Dexter, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

Yes, I had to see the VLA for myself because of my love of the movie "Contact." However, I learned so much more during my self-guided tour, and gained a greater appreciation for the complexity and science behind the research. The facility offers guided tours on Saturday, which I wasn't able to take, but the self-guided tour allows you to... More 

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Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

To see these large radio telescopes up close, you are in awe of the immense size. We stopped on our way from Roswell, New Mexico heading West to see the Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona. A lot to learn and experience here. They have a small gift shop on-site. A tour map (purchased from the gift shop) allows you to... More 

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