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Sunspot Visitor Center and Museum

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Address: 3010 Coronal Loop, Sunspot, NM 88349-9700
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Interesting look at early solar satellites. Great view of White Sands. Fun interactive science center & gift shop. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting look at early solar satellites. Great view of White Sands. Fun interactive science center & gift shop. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

The drive from Cloudcroft to Sunspot is magnificent...and if you enjoy astronomy, the visitor center is a great final touch. Make sure to stop at the first vista pullout on the way for the views of the valley below.

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Thank Steve H
El Paso, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was a thoroughly spectacular drive up to the observatory. We drove up in a convertible with the top down - the only way to go on four wheels. Although in limited use, the facilities were quite interesting and the view all the way to White Sands was awesome (using that word in its proper context). It's well worth the... More 

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Thank Debra K
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

An amazing drive from Cloudcroft to Sunspot. Be careful because the turn-off to Sunspot is not clarly marked. The observatory is moving to CO and HI so when we went, we couldn't get into any buildings to see the telescopes as they are only open from 8 - 5pm Monday - Friday. The museum is interesting but not really ideal... More 

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Thank Siobhan M
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Don't miss the solar system scale model signs on your drive up to the telescopes. There is a small activity center (fee charged but well worth the interactive stuff) and a free guided walking tour of the four telescopes at Sunspot. If you aren't too into the science, the views of White Sands from this area are awesome.

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Thank Phyllis K
Houston, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

What a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon in the mountains. The visitors center and museum is small but worth the time if you are interested in the subject or just want a beautiful drive up the mountains. I've driven all over the USA and I enjoyed every minute of this drive to Sunspot and the observatory area.

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Thank Scott S
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

See the exhibits on the Sun, planets, general astronomy, the Apache Point Observatory and the Lincoln National Forest from this museum. This is a working research location. There is a self-guided walking tour - this is at 9200 ft. so it can be physically demanding for some. There is a guided tour at 2 in the summer. There are great... More 

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Ruston, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

Do, do, do go visit this place! The visitor center has really cool hands-on exhibits and a walk up to the summit will give you the treat of an observation deck slap on the summit that allows a view of just about the entire Tularosa Basin, including White Sands, Alamogordo, Tularosa, and the lava flow.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

My wife and I were the only visitors on this Sunday afternoon that opted to take the guided tour of this unique site. Our guide was excellent. We learned about the fascinating history of this place, the unusual features of the huge solar telescope, the unique challenges that the on-site staff faces by having to meld old and new technologies... More 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

The drive to Sunspot is beautiful but the visitor's center was a wonderful surprise. It is full of great information and hands on exhibits. I wouldn't recommend it for young children...the science is pretty advanced...but we spent a couple of hours just in the visitors center. This was followed by a self-guided tour of the telescopes.

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