Keeping an eye on the Sun - so you don't have to!
The Sunspot Astronomy & Visitors Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center has a museum with exhibits, gift shop, vending machine and public restrooms. The center is wheelchair accessible.
Upon check-in, visitors will be provided with a Walking Tour Brochure. This map will guide guest on less than a 1/2 mile loop around the grounds. Guided tours may be arranged for large groups of 10 or more people. Please call the Visitor Center at 575-434-7190 to make your reservation. All guided tours are subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather.
The Dunn Solar Telescope is the last operational telescope on the site. When in use, the telescope is open to visitors, and visitors are welcome to see the observing room. The telescope does not necessarily adhere to a strict schedule, but typically will be operation early weekday mornings through mid-afternoon. Currently, the telescope is closed to the general public on weekends, due to limited staff availability. Please check with the attendant at the Visitors Center to see if the telescope is open to visitors.