New Mexico State Road 6563

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State Road 6563 marker

State Road 6563
Sunspot Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Length 15.530 mi[1] (24.993 km)
Major junctions
South end Sacramento Peak National Solar Observatory
North end NM 130 near Cloudcroft
Location
Counties Otero
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 5001 NM 1
View exiting Sunspot, New Mexico

State Road 6563, also known as the Sunspot Scenic Byway,[2] is a 15.530-mile (24.993 km) long two-lane state highway in Otero County, New Mexico, United States.

Route description[edit]

NM 6563 begins at the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot in the Lincoln National Forest. [3]

NM 6563 is one of only three four-digit state highways in New Mexico (the others being SR 1113 and SR 5001).[1] It takes its number from the wavelength (6563 Å) used by scientists at the observatory to locate areas of interest on the Sun.[4]

The solar observatory added signs along the highway in 2011 with the names of the planets as part of a 1:250 million model of the distances between planets in the Solar System.[5]

History[edit]

The highway was designated a National Forest scenic byway on October 6, 1990.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Otero County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Sunspot 0.000 0.000 Sacramento Peak National Solar Observatory Southern terminus
15.530 24.993 NM 130 (Cox Canyon Highway) – Cloudcroft, Mayhill Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "State Routes" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2005. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Herow, William C. (April 1997). America's Scenic Drives: Travel Guide & Atlas. Roundabout Publications. p. 259. ISBN 978-1-885464-28-6. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Google (November 30, 2010). "NM 6563" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sunspot Scenic Byway" (PDF). New Mexico Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ National Solar Observatory. "Sizing Up Your Solar System". Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2007. 
  6. ^ National Optical Astronomy Observatories Newsletter. The Observatories. 1989. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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