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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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listening to the aliens, oh yeah

Visited here by car, an hour west of Socorro Not a national park, but owned by government... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Jersey

A must to see. We were in Socorro for the Bosque del Apache bird sanctuary & came here. Unique... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical radio telescope, one of four major telescopes operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The VLA is the most scientifically productive ground-based telescope in...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here by car, an hour west of Socorro Not a national park, but owned by government astronomy group/ There are 27 huge about 90 feet across. they move very slowly. hum and are just beautiful. A very awe inspiring place. worth the drive. bring...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

A must to see. We were in Socorro for the Bosque del Apache bird sanctuary & came here. Unique and one of a kind. Take the un-guided walking tour. Something to behold.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2019

This is an amazing place with 27 dishes weight many tons and a diameter of 82 feet. They are repositioned on average every four months on a set of double railroad tracks. Many of the major astronomical discoveries have been made from this facility. Very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

Well it is just a bunch of metal and electronics but the VERY LARGE ARAY is pretty cool for anyone who believes ind SETI and the idea of contacting someone out in space.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

I knew this place would be interesting but I was not prepared for how fascinating it is. On the drive from Socorro, the Very Large Array appears spread out across the Plain of San Augustin. On the road into the facility, you get a chance...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful place!” Great Place for an education! Nice walks. Say the array change position & lock on another target!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

I never really knew about this place. It is amazing that there are scientists smart enough to figure all of this stuff out.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

This was a pretty good drive from Ruidoso, New Mexico wherecwevwere staying. It was well worth the drive to see these 27 dishes out where nothing else was around. Did the waking tour and watched the movie. The dish that we could get the closest...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Literally out in the middle of nowhere, there are about two dozen huge radio telescopes arranged in a grid pattern on railroad tracks, so they can be moved to target various parts of the sky as the astronomers desire. Excellent informative movie on site, and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

I have seen this place in a few movies and it has always intrigued me. I was in NM for a week on a caving project and during my free time I took the long drive out to see the VLR (Very Large Array). It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from dirtgirl21 | Reviewed this property |
My dog loved it! I was there closer to the time the gift shop closed, but I think dogs are allowed outside the whole time.