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Socorro, New Mexico: The Very Large Array 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.
Free self-guided visits daily. $6 guided tours on alternating Saturdays. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Very Large Array.

The Very Large Array

When podcasts 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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Very Large Array.

Very Large Array

Very Large Array guided tours are again operating. The cost is $6.00 per adult -- only available the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10 am, noon, or 2 pm. Buy tickets ahead of time online. Self-guided tours are available daily, but the guided tour gets you a lot more information.

[Lisa, 06/27/2023]
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]


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