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Address: Magdalena Ridge Observatory, New Mexico Tech
Research Office Building
101 East Road, Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: (575) 835 – 6431 Fax: (575) 835 – 6807
Email: Questions or comments can be forwarded to the MRO Project

Visiting MRO

General public: With MROI still in the construction phase, MRO cannot provide regular tours of the facilities to the general public. We look forward to providing tours to the public once the facilities are fully operational.

MRO Education & Outreach program does support, participate, and host star parties. For more information please visit our star parties page or check out our events calendar.

Road Alert


The road to Magdalena Ridge Observatory climbs 4,000 feet in only 8 miles, making it very steep. It is largely single-track with little room for passing for the majority of its length. To let oncoming vehicles pass, it may be necessary to reverse to a turnout. The road is unsurfaced and experiences several hairpin bends.
Care should be taken when driving to and from the Observatory to drive slowly and carefully and use low gears, especially when descending, to avoid riding the brakes and causing brake failure. As long as drivers are sober, cautious, and alert we will all enjoy accident-free visits to the site.
Please take care to fill up on gas before driving to MRO. There are no gas stations closer than Socorro or Magdalena.

Directions to Socorro, NM


The nearest airport to New Mexico Tech is Albuquerque International Sunport. This is served by most major airlines and car rental companies. New Mexico Tech is approximately 72 miles south of the airport, on I-25 located at exit 150. Please see the Airport Ground Transportation for information on how to get to Socorro.

Directions to MRO Offices (on the New Mexico Tech Campus)

Once you get into Socorro, turn onto Bullock from California (Taco Bell restaurant at this corner). Continue ahead for ~8 blocks. You will reach a stop sign at the corner of Bullock and Leroy. Continue on Bullock and you will reach another stop-sign at the intersection of Bullock and Lopezville. Proceed directly across; the street name will change from Bullock to Olive Lane. Olive Lane will loop southward. You will reach another stop sign at the corner of Olive Lane and Canyon Road. Turn Right (West) approximately 1/2 miles. You will cross an arroyo and come to an intersection that is easily identified by the presence of a large, elevated water tank. This is East Road, turn right ~1/4 mile and you reach the NMT Research Office Building on the right (east), home of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Project Office.

Directions to Magdalena Ridge Observatory (site)

From the north, traveling south on I-25, take exit 150.
From the south, traveling north on I-25, take exit 147.
Follow California St. (Socorro’s main north-south street), from either exit. Go West on Spring St., also known as Highway 60-West. At the 4-way stop (1/2 mile), go left, following the sign to Magdalena. Follow Highway 60-West, 15 miles (approx. mile mark 125) to Water Canyon Rd. Go left on Water Canyon Road (signage indicates Water Canyon Campground 4.5 miles). At the end of the paved road (4.5 miles), turn left into Water Canyon Campground. Follow the unpaved forest road for 8 miles to the site at the gate.
Note: This road is narrow and steep, it climbs to 10,500 feet and the maximum gradient is approximately 14%.