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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak

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The more you engage the more you get!

We were the first guests to arrive on a sunday morning and the staff was super nice and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beautiful drive; interesting place

This is a very interesting place to visit and the drive leading to it is really beautiful. Very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were the first guests to arrive on a sunday morning and the staff was super nice and informational. The grad student at the tower was super fun to talk too and answered our questions with a helpful attitude and considering we didn't really barely...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank wildwest2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try to visit this while it is still open. They are building a facility in Hawaii and then this one will close down. Call first to see if it is and re-calibration mode. It is also a pretty drive. However do not use GPS, call...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place to visit and the drive leading to it is really beautiful. Very friendly and helpful staff. We'd like to return when the autumn colors arrive in the mountains.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank fbglove
Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

The visitor center has information about the sun and the solar system. They put on a 25 minute movie for us narrated by Whoopie Goldberg that was interesting. You are allowed to walk the grounds and see several observatories that have been used over the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Sean M
Reviewed May 28, 2019

If you are a science enthusiast this is for you. If your small children need to run off some energy this is the place. Your school age children can observe what a science project looks like. Want to experience cool mountain air? The National Solar...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank NJHeimark
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this site online when looking for things to do in the area. We were pleasantly surprised about how fun and educational it was to learn about the sun and solar system even as middle aged adults! Staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank ML B
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Rtj_lc
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.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank MossFolks
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...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Miss Shaun M
September 13, 2018|
Response from TheresaK9 |
Start looking at the sun with an infra red filter on your smartphone camera or video cam. You'll see something very very interesting!