Sunspot, New Mexico

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Sunspot Visitor's Center and Museum

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, in a vote that was allegedly rigged by the observatory's director John Evans.[1] The sole road that drives into Sunspot is New Mexico State Road 6563, named for the brightest wavelength of hydrogen emission, H-alpha.


  1. ^ Honan, William H. (November 6, 1999). "John Evans, 90, Ex-Director Of National Solar Observatory". The New York Times (New York: NYTC). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°47′28″N 105°49′05″W / 32.791°N 105.818°W / 32.791; -105.818