New Mexico Hiking, Nature November 18, 2020
New Mexico Is Home To A Massive Space Trail… And These Stops Top Our Short List
You’ve probably heard of New Mexico’s wine and chile trails—a collection of places you can easily visit to experience the state’s culinary facets—but did you know the Land of Enchantment is also home to an
epic space trail?
A series of 52 historic sites make up this incredible trail where you can explore New Mexico’s contributions to astronomy, space travel, and more. Here are a few highlights you’ll want to make sure you add to your must-see list.
1. Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos
During World War II, the Los Alamos National Lab served as one of the primary places for the development of the nuclear bomb. While you aren't able to go into the labs, you can visit the science museum to explore the laboratory's history. This public portion of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has dozens of interactive exhibits that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Address: 1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544
2. Chaco Culture National Historical Park
The Ancient Puebloans who lived in this expansive site were keen night sky observers and you can find hints of that in the buildings and petroglyphs left behind. Structures not only appear to align with seasonal solar events but petroglyphs also document both annual and ancient astronomical events. Additionally, the park often holds special astronomy programs and viewings.
3. International UFO Museum, Roswell
No list about space and New Mexico would be complete without some mention of Roswell. The site of an alleged alien crash landing, Roswell has gained notoriety over the years for its connection to extraterrestrials and this museum dedicates time and space to that 1947 incident.
Address: 114 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88203
4. National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque
The Atomic Age played a pivotal role in New Mexican history and you'll get a glimpse of that when visiting this Albuquerque museum. Sitting on the edge of Kirtland Air Force Base, this museum highlights the history of nuclear science and how it continues to influence our lives today.
Address: 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
5. New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo
What better place to explore space than at a museum dedicated to space flight and astronomy? Exhibits include New Mexico's own contributions to space science, rocketry, and a huge planetarium that hosts live shows.
Address: 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, NM 88310
6. Trinity Test Site, White Sands Missile Range
If there's any piece of New Mexico history that seemed to catapult the state into modern science, it's the Trinity Site, the location of the detonation of the world's first atomic bomb. This site is open twice per year for open house events; you can visit Ground Zero and the location where the plutonium core was assembled.
7. University of New Mexico Campus Observatory, Albuquerque
New Mexico is home to a handful of observatories but few are open to the public like this one at the University of New Mexico. The observatory is typically open on Friday nights for public viewing sessions. You can look at the night sky through the telescopes and have questions answered by on-site telescope operators.
Address: 800 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
8. Very Large Array, Socorro
Not only does the Very Large Array look absolutely stunning any time of day but it also serves an important role as a radio astronomy observatory. Astronomers have used this unique observatory to survey cosmic entities like black holes, stars, and the remnants of supernovas.
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