MagdalenaMagdalena is a small (pop. about 1000) town in southwestern New Mexico. It is the nearest town (at least the nearest with many services for the traveler) to the Very Large Array, an enormous radio astronomy observatory of interest to the scientifically-inclined traveler, and is a jumping-off point for some outdoor recreational opportunities in the region.
By carMagdalena is on US 60 west of the larger town of Socorro.
By planeThe nearest significant airport is in Albuquerque about 70 miles north of Socorro.
There's not much to see in town, but it has recently become a modest center for folk art and antiques. Try the following galleries and see if there's anything that interests you:
Blue Canyon Galleryphone: +1 575 854-2953
phone: +1 575 854-3091address: 108 S. Main StAlso a bed and breakfast of unknown quality; try it and write it up.
AA Antiquesphone: +1 575 854-2940address: 1000 Hwy 60/First St
phone: +1 575 854-3310address: 902 West First StServes espresso, pastries, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, panini, milkshake, ice cream, tasty desserts. The gallery has works of local artists (fiber, paintings, pottery) and Southwest collectible books.
Visitor's Centerphone: +1 575-854-3310address: 902 West First St. on route 60good array of information on southern New Mexico. Maps - dept transportation for NM, Magdalena & Socorro, forest service map of area with hiking routes. Where to stay and where to eat in Magdalena and Socorro. Art info, ghost town info, realty info. Some historical info on Magdalena old buildings and cattle drive history.
phone: +1 575-854-3310address: Rt. 60 (901 West First Street)On the Fiber Trail - quilts, rugs Navajo and other, basketry, jewelry, tile art, paintings. Local artists. A lot of unique stuff, worth the visit.
phone: +1 575-854-3310address: Rt 60 (902 West First St)espresso, pastries. Lunch: sandwiches, salads, pizzas, panini, milkshake, ice cream, tasty desserts. Good vibes.
High Country Lodgephone: +1 575 854-2062address: 303 First St(Hwy. 60). About 20 rooms.
Very Large Array, National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryA visitor center (open daily 8:30-dusk, free) has interpretive exhibits and an orientation film. There are occasional guided tours, and visitors can also follow a self-guided walking route around the facility. No food is available at the VLA site. Visitors to the Very Large Array should keep their cell / mobile phones switched off, as they interfere with radio observations; likewise with microwave ovens in camping vehicles.