Socorro, New Mexico: The Very Large Array (VLA) (In Transition) Team Field Report

Old Hwy 60, Socorro, NM
I-25 exits 147 or 150 for Socorro, then west on US Hwy 60 about 47 miles. On the south side of the highway. Follow the signs from Hwy 60; it's another few miles before you get to the Visitor Center.
June 2022: VLA temporarily closed to public due to Covid. (Call to verify)
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Very Large Array.

The Very Large Array (VLA)

When infomercials arrive from another galaxy, the Very Large Array will hear them first. Its 27 giant dishes pivot in unison as they track noise from distant space. Report... [07/03/2011]

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The Very Large Array (VLA)

Currently closed due to COVID, with no timetable on when it will be open to the public again. I called the gift shop and a voicemail says it's closed. Bummer.

[LouieLandAdventures, 06/25/2022]


The Very Large Array (VLA)

Some of the most beautiful landscape you will see. The VLA has a history of searching for E.T. But they do an amazing number of other research projects. Highly recommend going to the visitor center and also doing the walking tour.

Bonus: camp out in this area for an amazing night sky!

[Mike Larson, 03/05/2018]


The Very Large Array

The VLA gets its heaviest visitor day on the same day as the Trinity Site open house day, and has extra staff on hand for it. A guide at the road makes sure you put your mobile devices in airplane mode.

[tenkism, 04/07/2014]


Very Large Array.

Very Large Array

Worth visiting if you are anywhere near. The Very Large Array is an impressive collection which many will recognize from the movie Contact. Along US 60 is a parking area where you can get some pictures, but if you really want to see it up close, drive the four miles back to the visitor center. From there, you can watch a 9 minute video, then take a 20-minute self-guided walk. The walk has many informational posts and the opportunity to walk up to one of the antennas.

If you are lucky, you will be there when the whole array makes a move and all of the antenna move in unison to a new position.

[Sequoyah, 04/23/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Chunk of Chunk of "Jumbo" From First A-Bomb Blast, Socorro, NM - 42 mi.
Recycled Parts Flying SaucerRecycled Parts Flying Saucer, Socorro, NM - 42 mi.
Ghost Town Pioneer Store MuseumGhost Town Pioneer Store Museum, Chloride, NM - 51 mi.
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Mini-Vietnam Wall and Statue of Liberty, Truth or Consequences, NM - 69 mi.

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