Field Trip and Tour Info

Groups of all Ages are Welcome at Sunspot Solar Observatory

MuseumThe Visitor Center features exhibits on the Sun, planets, general astronomy, Apache Point Observatory, and the Lincoln National Forest.

Guided Walking Tour – Walk less than a 1/2 mile loop around the property as we share the history and science conducted in each of the facilities. Included in the tour is an inside view of the last active solar telescope. Inside you will learn about the unique, state-of-the-art instruments used to study the Sun. Tours typically take 1 hour.

Hands-on Activity – Interested in learning more about the Sun? SSO offers engaging, learning activities for students to explore. 60 minutes.

A boy taking part in a gravity experiment.  Dropping an object into an aluminum pan.

Youth Organizations

Scout troops, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, or other youth organization will enjoy hands-on fun at the observatory.

Admission Museum & Tour – $5.00 per motorized vehicle or $15.00 per commercial vehicle/bus

Hands-on Activity Add-on – $1.00 per student

Contact The Visitor Center for most current information, schedules and availability.

Contact: (575) 434-7190


An Image of a Sunspot Solar Observatory History Meeting.

Senior Groups

Sunspot Solar Observatory is the ideal destination! Enjoy the glorious drive to the observatory on NM Scenic Byway 6563. Hear about the rich history and science of our observatory. Take a break on one of our benches and soak in the nature surrounding us.