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Dark Sky Astronomy Sites for Visitors to New Mexico - Part II

Inns, Tours and Adventures in Astronomy


Astronomy Adventures

This dark sky tour usually takes place at Astronomy Adventures’ main site 15 miles south of Sante Fe, New Mexico. You can view the wonders of the night sky through owner and astrophotographer Peter Lipscomb’s 20-inch reflector telescope. Astronomy Adventures keeps each group small so that each person has more viewing time. Each program lasts from an hour and a half to two hours and sometimes longer if participants want to continue viewing.

Night Sky Adventures

If you’re in or around New Mexico, a starry skies adventure can come to you, courtesy of Geoff Goins and Night Sky Adventures. This dark ranger will bring his portable 24-inch mirror telescope and “the wonders of the night sky and universe” to you at your bed and breakfast inn, lodge or camp. He will share his love of the universe and extensive knowledge through a dark sky program that includes an in-depth presentation and breathtaking viewing experience.

Here are details about things you’ll want to know before you book Night Sky Adventures

Adobe and Stars Bed & Breakfast

One place that Night Sky Adventures visits several times a year is the Adobe and Stars Bed & Breakfast Inn, located near Taos, in northern New Mexico. Even when the Night Sky Adventures telescope is not there, you can still enjoy the starry skies from your window, deck or the hot tub. The setting, surrounded by the Sangre de Christo Mountains, could not be more perfect for this inn which offers eight guest rooms, each with its own kiva fireplace.

Location: Map and directions.

Casitas de Gila

This dark sky destination, literally “Little Houses of Gila” calls itself “a cluster of five southwestern adobe-style guesthouses and art gallery.” Bed and breakfast or vacation rental with kitchen, you can take your pick.

For stargazers, the set-up is perfect. Each casita has its own spotting scope and star charts. The host also offers night sky tours using a 10-inch reflecting telescope. A third option is to bring your own equipment and use the Casitas de Gila set-up sites with power to enjoy the clear dark skies of southwestern New Mexico.

Location: Casitas de Gila is located about 30 miles northwest of Silver City, New Mexico. Map and Directions. Find out about dark sky stargazing and astronomy at Casitas de Gila.

New Mexico Skies

Located atop Mt. Joy in New Mexico's beautiful Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico Skies makes it possible for amateur astronomers to take full advantage of the clear, transparent skies at 7,300 feet. New Mexico Skies is not a bed and breakfast inn (you’ll need to bring your own food or eat out in Cloudcroft), but it does offer a variety of comfortable accommodations. The real centerpieces of New Mexico Skies are the six separate domed observatories, plus an assortment of other telescopes this you will be able to use to see those New Mexico skies.

Location: New Mexico Skies is located about 30 miles east of Alamogordo. More Dark Skies Information

For those seeking that perfect place to enjoy pure transparent dark skies of the Southwest we have gathered information by state Have a look at our Star Party 101 for important information to know before attending your first star party.

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