VLA Guided Tour Reservation Form


To request a Guided Tour, please fill out the VLA Guided Tour Request Form below.

Requests must be received three weeks in advance of your desired tour date.

Guided tours of the VLA take approximately one and a half hours and are organized in groups of 30 or fewer people.

Tours start in the auditorium of the VLA Visitor Center with a 20 minute briefing followed by a behind-the-scenes visit to VLA Operations Center inside the Control Building. Tour groups are then invited take our half-mile self-guided walking tour complete with beautiful, full color signage explaining the VLA, outdoor exhibits like the “Whisper Dish Gallery” and “Ron Bracewell Radio Sundial,” plus a close-up view of a working antenna on the array!

Be sure to leave time to visit the VLA Gift Shop and watch our 23 minute documentary entitled: “Beyond the Visible; The Story of the VLA.”

For groups larger than 30 people, please contact Summer Ash or Faith Vowler by phone:

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*NOTE: All visitor areas are wheelchair accessible. The walking path is about one quarter mile in length. This trail is a level, pea gravel trail. The VLA is at 7,000.ft. Prepare for extreme weather conditions year round. There is NO food service at the VLA. We do have two shaded, outdoor picnic areas for visitor use.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We DO NOT allow cell phones and other types of personal electronic devices to be used at the VLA site. All cell phones and other such devices must be turned OFF. Digital and film Cameras ARE ALLOWED. Visitors may take pictures of anything they wish inside and outside of the buildings from the designated visitor path. The Antenna Assembly Building, the tallest structure at the VLA Site, is located one eighth mile west of the VLA Visitor Center. The Antenna Assembly Building (AAB) is a self guided tour that we recommend to everyone. Normally there is an antenna inside the building that will be visible from the AAB Tour parking area, and the VLA Transporters are usually parked nearby. Follow the white signs that say “AAB Tour”. This self guided tour will take approximately 15 minutes. On the day of your tour PLEASE REMEMBER: Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the VLA Visitor Center. If you are more than 30 minutes late the tour guide will be forced to cancel your guided tour. If you encounter an emergency the day of your tour please call the VLA Gift Shop at 575.835.7410. The Gift Shop Clerk will be able to deliver your message to the tour guide. If you must cancel your guided tour, please do so 48 hours in advance of the scheduled time.

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