Rio Rancho
Astronomical Society

A Member Club of the Astronomical League


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Dark Site at White Mesa Bike Trails


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The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society has obtained permission from the BLM to use the parking lot of the White Mesa Bike Trails for our local dark site.  The parking lot is located just southwest of San Ysidro, NM at 4493 Cabezon Rd.  The RRAS will be observing at the site on the Saturday closest to New Moon.  Club members usually arrive about a half-hour before sunset, and observing sessions can run the entire night.

Map to White Mesa Bike Trails
2019 Observing Dates (weather permitting)
Jan 5th
Feb 2nd
Mar 2nd
Messier Marathon
Apr 6th
May 4th
July 6th
Aug 3rd
Sept 28th
Nov 30th
Dec 28th
Clear Sky Cock for White Mesa Bike Trails

RRAS President Laurie Wells
setting up for a night of astrophotography

M-1, the Crab Nebula taken by
RRAS President Laurie Wells at
the White Mesa Dark Site