National Solar Observatory
at Sunspot (Sacramento Peak)


The Sunspot Astronomy and Visitor Center is located at the southern end of NM Scenic Byway 6563. A joint venture between the National Solar Observatory, the Forest Service, and Apache Point Observatory, it is open every day from 9am to 5pm from March to January for self-guided tours.

Exhibits within the center highlight NSO activities, the work done at Apache Point, and the stewardship of the Forest Service.            

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: NSO Sacramento Peak - Visitor Center
Active: Since 1947
Visitor Center: Opened July, 1997
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm from March to January. Daily guided tours start at 2pm (weather permitting) on Saturdays and Sundays through October 4th, 2009; parties of 10 or more can call (575) 434-7003 to schedule a private guided tour. Winter hours: Please call (575) 434-7000 for the schedule.