Where can you find this? 160 acres of gorgeous natural land. Located a few miles West of Magdalena NM. Like Santa Fe 80-90 years ago, unspoiled natural beauty. Lots of possibilities. Perfect for a ranch, Dark Sky astronomy, Inn, two or more homes, resort or retreat. Private, gated access.
Only 100 miles to Albuquerque International Airport, accessible to Santa Fe, Taos, and Magdalena's small private airport. One and a half hour drive from ABQ. Minutes to school, shopping, restaurants and the Ghost towns of Kelly, and Riely and the VLA. Perfect for a private family compound, or corporate retreat, off the grid living, riding, hiking, and privacy. Considered a great place to retire.
Socorro County, New Mexico is one of the world’s leading centers of astronomical research. The state is host to two national observatories, three national laboratories, and three state universities that operate vigorous astronomy programs. In addition, Apache Point Observatory is the site of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and, along with the National Solar Observatory, operates a popular visitor center for the public. Amateur astronomers from around the world plan vacations to take advantage of New Mexico’s dark skies, now protected from light pollution by a state law enacted in 1999.
Socorro hosts the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which operates the world-famous Very Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio telescopes. The VLA Visitor Center welcomes visitors from around the world all year long. Socorro’s New Mexico Tech, a nationally-recognized research university, operates the 2.4 meter telescope that comprises part of the new Magdalena Ridge Observatory, which sits atop South Baldy (10,500 feet), about 25 miles west of Socorro. Also located at the Observatory is the beginnings of a 10 element optical Interferometer instrument which will probe the cores of distant galaxies.
Located at an elevation of 6,800' (2,070m), Magdalena is a genuine dark sky site with regular recording of 21.6-21.8 magnitudes per square arc-second. This is arguably one of the darkest sites in the continental US, as well as one of the driest. There are many good observational reasons why NRAO’s Very Large Array and Magdalena Ridge Observatory are located nearby.