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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
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This is a marvel of technology to see. It's a bit of a drive but well worth it. Explore the site... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Radford, Virginia
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OK, probably a place for geeky people who love astronomy, but I happen to be one. We arrived after... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joan C
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This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical radio telescope, one of four major telescopes operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The VLA is the most scientifically productive ground-based telescope in the world. Our visitor center and interpretive film will get you oriented to the purpose and function of the telescope, and a self-guided tour path will take you up close to one of the VLA's 27 230-ton dish antennas.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a marvel of technology to see. It's a bit of a drive but well worth it. Explore the site and see the visitor center and gift shop...you want be disappointed.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OK, probably a place for geeky people who love astronomy, but I happen to be one. We arrived after hours, went through the part of the visitor center that was open and then walked part of the outdoor self guided tour. Truly awesome. The best...More

Thank Joan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had been there before but we went again 20 years later. New gift shop and museum. This is something sort of geeky but it is just so very cool. If you have any nerd or geek in you....you should go visit. The staff is...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been wanting to visit the Very Large Array for a very long time, and our visit did not disappoint. It was geeky cool just to be able to stand at the base of one of the radio telescopes and think big thoughts. We both...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A volunteer at a BLM wildlife refuge suggested this. It is out in the middle of no where in an ancient lake bed surrounded by mountains. There is an interesting exhibit with a short film about the radio astronomy observatory. We took a self guided...More

Thank TexasPuma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An hours drive out of Socorro rewards you with the Very Large Array - the most advanced radio telescope array on Earth. The 28 telescopes are in stark contrast to the desert and appear to jut out of the earth. Price is nominal and tour...More

Thank TravelNazi126
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like nothing you can imagine! You just have to see it to understand their work delving into the distant universe. Staffed by professionals who peer back in time to make us understand our present.

Thank Sally B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have wanted to visit the VLA for a long time. We weren't disappointed. Off the beaten path so you have to plan to go there but really worth it. The discoveries from deep space are amazing. Wonderful 20 video narrated by Jodie Foster who...More

Thank mmay7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I are both geeks. We love anything sciencey. I am interested in astronomy. SOOOO, for our semi annual 4 day trip we decided to go to the VLA. I have read about it seen many pictures of it, ween on TX and...More

Thank Gary P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only found out I was near the VLA because of a brochure I picked up. Went to see it because of it's appearance in the movie CONTACT. Hard to truly express the emotion of being there. I'm not a particular space buff, but seeing...More

Thank Michael K
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Deborah S
Are dogs allowed? How late is it open and what does it cost? Thanks
24 March 2016|
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Response from dirtgirl21 | Reviewed this property |
My dog loved it! I was there closer to the time the gift shop closed, but I think dogs are allowed outside the whole time.