Observing at Valle de Oro


Friday,  July 29th

Vans will depart Embassy Suites at 9:00 pm
Return approximately 11:30 pm

The  fee includes transportation and light snacks

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Valle de Oro (VdO) National Wildlife Refuge is the first site designated as an Urban Night Sky Place (UNSP) by the International Dark-Sky Association. Located in the South Valley of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, VdO is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides 560 acres of restored habitat for wildlife habitat and migratory birds. Promoting itself as a place for people to get outside and enjoy nature along the Rio Grande River,
VdO demonstrates how people and wildlife can co-exist in a protected space close to a major urban center.

The observing session will be held in and around the new Visitor’s Center that features lighting that is fully shielded and at color temperatures of 3,000 kelvins or lower to minimize blue light. ALCON attendees will experience an enriching nighttime experience that shows off good lighting while also providing a natural wildlife experience and opportunities for stargazing close to a major city.