Tortugas Mountain
Planetary Observatory


The Tortugas Mt. Observatory is positioned on Tortugas Mountain, otherwise known as “A” mountain due to a large white letter denoting the NMSU’s Aggies nickname.

Used regularly from 1963 through 2000, the building and equipment are receiving increased attention by NMSU astronomy professors and students, and NASA in the last decade. Light pollution within the Mesilla Valley is minimal, so the mountain’s altitude provides pristine views for stargazing.

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: More information at Wikipedia
Active: Since 1976
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Hours of Operation: N/A
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