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The Sunspot Scenic Byway is a short sweet sprig of asphalt through deep dark woodlands, offering occasional peeks at dunes, deserts and sprawling mountains beyond. 

Earth-shaking as these vistas are, the Sunspot Highway's sphere of view doesn't stop at the mere horizon but expands to galaxies, nebulae and solar systems of the final frontier. Two national telescope observatories at the byway's terminus offer tours and exhibits to the earthbound public, while a consortium of scientists explores the heavens from its 9,200-foot elevation. The byway is even officially is designated N.M. 6563 – the light wavelength in Angstroms used by scientists to locate active areas on the Sun! As the road zigzags along the Sacramento Mountains, lookouts provide a peek at the dramatic spectacle some 5,000 feet below.