Visitor Information

Langmuir Laboratory accepts visitors in July and August when the “monsoon season” arrives in New Mexico bringing frequent thunderstorms which are studied by researchers. The laboratory facilities are closed to the public other months of the year, but the Langmuir Research Site is open year-round for hiking and other permitted recreational activities, subject to National Forest regulations and specific closures which may be posted from time to time by the Magdalena Ranger District or the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.


To visit the laboratory facilities when they are open (between about July 5 and August 20 each year) it is best to first check with the Laboratory Office on campus (575-835-5423). A security gate is closed about a mile below the Main Lab Building unless arrangements have been made to open it for planned visits, subject to the availability of personnel and weather conditions.

This map shows the location of the main laboratory building and other structures, but does not show the facilities of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. Some areas may be restricted during experiments.

The Langmuir Research Site inside the Cibola National Forest is administered by the Magdalena Ranger District. Water Canyon Campground, 4.5 miles off U.S. Highway 60 on the access road to Langmuir, offers improved U.S. Forest Service campsites. It closes to overnight camping during the winter.

Also see these documents for additional Visitor Information: