Introducing Dark Sky New Mexico

The new ownership team would like to welcome you to Dark Sky New Mexico (at the site formerly known as Rancho Hidalgo). It is our goal to make Dark Sky the place to be for astrophotography.

Some of the finest amateur astronomers in the world call Dark Sky New Mexico their home. Many of their photos have appeared in Astronomy Magazine and Sky & Telescope Magazine.

We have some of the darkest skies anywhere. We’re located in Hidalgo County New Mexico, population 4654, 35 miles from Lordsburg, the county seat. Our location is over 4600 feet above sea level, with virtually no light and atmospheric pollution, and features clean, dry desert air. We believe that our site provides some of the best night sky observation conditions for astrophotography that you can find anywhere.

We provide 24/7 site support and security. Mechanical problems with observatories can generally be resolved on a same day basis and IT support for our high speed fiber internet network is also available. Repair service to mounts, computer equipment etc. is also available on a per-call basis. And on-site accommodations (apartments, ranch house, and RV spaces) are available for visitors.

We hope you’ll visit us soon!