Attractions

Solar Observatory

Sunspot is an unincorporated community in the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County, New Mexico, United States. It is located within the Lincoln National Forest, 18 miles south of Cloudcroft. Its elevation is 9200 feet.

Another area of interest in the Cloudcroft District is the Sacramento Peak Observatory, an area used for solar research. Many magnificent vistas may be seen while driving the Scenic Byway to the observatory. The observatory is open for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and for guided tours on Saturdays at 2 p.m. from May 1 through October 1. Sunspot is an unincorporated community in the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County, New Mexico, United States. It is located within the Lincoln National Forest, 18 miles south of Cloudcroft. Its elevation is 9200 feet. It is named after the nearby National Solar Observatory on Sacramento Peak. The sole road that drives into Sunspot is New Mexico State Road 6563, named for the brightest wavelength of hydrogen emission, H-alpha. Two other roads in the town are named Penumbral Road and Umbral Road, after the parts of a sunspot.