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(This is an archived page about the annular solar eclipse that occurred on October 14, 2023. For information on future eclipses, please see our Upcoming Eclipse Maps page.)

On October 14, 2023, an annular, or "ring of fire," solar eclipse will occur along a narrow path of annularity in New Mexico. To experience the annular, or "ring of fire," phase of the eclipse, you must be located within this path, with the duration of annularity lasting the longest at the centerline. But where along the path should you plan to go? Below, we've outlined some of the unique features, landmarks, and viewing options along the path of annularity for New Mexico. We've also provided a detailed map of the path of annularity in New Mexico as well as annularity start times and durations for New Mexico cities that are located inside the path of annularity on October 14, 2023.

Remember that you must use special eclipse safety glasses or viewers at all times during an annular, or "ring of fire," solar eclipse. The Eclipse Store offers a wide variety of certified safe eclipse glasses and viewers.

Note that times and durations can vary widely even within the same city and some cities are located only partially within the path of annularity. All times and durations noted on this page are only representative samples and should be used for general comparison purposes only.

To avoid confusion, note that references made below to the "western" and "eastern" limits or lines of the eclipse refer respectively to the left/bottom and right/top edges of the eclipse path as it gradually changes its direction from east to south as it travels across the U.S.


The centerline of the eclipse enters New Mexico at approximately 9:11am MDT, with annularity beginning in that location at about 10:30am MDT.

The 2023 eclipse cuts right across the heart of New Mexico on a diagonal from its northwestern corner to its southeastern corner. New Mexico, with its high desert landscapes, promises a great chance for cloud-free skies on eclipse day. In fact, eclipse weather forecasting site says the Colorado Plateau region of New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado offers the "best eclipse-watching weather along the track."

If you'd like to attempt to view an eclipse from four different states at the same time, make plans to be at the Four Corners Monument on eclipse day, but be prepared to have some competition. The famous tourist attraction marking the only point in the U.S. shared by four states will likely be swarming with eclipse viewers on October 14 vying for that same distinction. Time will tell whether Navajo Nation, which administers the site, will limit visitor capacity that day.

Beyond the Four Corners area, and along the first stretch of its journey through the Land of Enchantment, the path of annularity crosses over parts of several Native American reservations, including lands belonging to the Ute, Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo peoples. Notably, the eclipse centerline passes directly over the fabulous Chaco Culture National Historical Park, one of the most extensive collections of pre-Columbian ruins in the U.S.

Farther on, the eclipse meets up with some of the largest cities along its path since Oregon. Santa Fe is located rather close to the eastern limit of the path, with an annularity duration a bit more modest than other locations closer to the eclipse centerline: about 2 minutes and 48 seconds in the downtown area. But what Santa Fe lacks in duration of annularity it more than makes up for with its artistic vibe and Southwestern architecture, ensuring that New Mexico's capital city will be a popular eclipse viewing destination on October 14. Just outside Santa Fe, the eclipse crosses over the Ancestral Puebloan ruins at Bandelier National Monument.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, the second largest city along the eclipse path in the U.S., is perfectly positioned for the eclipse centerline to pass directly over it, resulting in durations of annularity that surpass the 4-minute mark all around the city. In downtown Albuquerque, the ring of fire will burn for about 4 minutes and 50 seconds, only about 12 seconds short of the eclipse maximum in the United States. The eclipse happens to coincide with Albuquerque's annual International Balloon Fiesta, all but guaranteeing that the city will be jam-packed with visitors on October 14.

Albuquerque sits at the crosshairs of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25. I-40 runs across the width of the path from west to east while I-25 takes a more north-south heading. On the west side of the eclipse path, I-25 can be used to reach annularity from El Paso in under three hours. On the east side, Amarillo is an even shorter drive away via I-40.

Finally, it's worth noting that the eclipse does indeed cross over the city of Roswell, New Mexico. You can bet that more than a few people will want to witness the otherworldly phenomenon of a solar eclipse from the UFO capital of the world. Luckily, Roswell is located relatively close to the centerline and annularity will last for about 4 minutes and 42 seconds in the downtown district.

The centerline of the eclipse exits the state at approximately 12:19pm MDT, with annularity coming to an end in that location at about 10:46am MDT. From the Arizona-New Mexico border to the New Mexico-Texas border, the Moon's shadow travels approximately 442 miles along the centerline in about 10 minutes and 44 seconds at an average speed of 2,471 miles per hour.



For the map below, the yellow lines outline the limits of the path of annularity in New Mexico. The green middle line represents the eclipse centerline, where the annular, or "ring of fire," phase lasts the longest in New Mexico. The grey lines show the path of annularity entering and exiting New Mexico. To experience the annular, or "ring of fire," phase of the eclipse in New Mexico, you must be within the yellow lines. The closer you are to the green centerline, the longer annularity will last. Areas outside the path of annularity will get a non-annular partial solar eclipse only.

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Annular Solar Eclipse - October 14, 2023 - New Mexico Map



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City Annularity Start Duration*
Shiprock10:31:05 AM MDT4:41
Newcomb10:31:21 AM MDT4:42
Farmington10:31:50 AM MDT4:21
Tohatchi10:32:00 AM MDT3:48
Bloomfield10:32:16 AM MDT4:03
Aztec10:32:21 AM MDT3:43
Nageezi10:32:32 AM MDT4:37
Crownpoint10:32:34 AM MDT4:20
Church Rock10:32:53 AM MDT2:48
Counselor10:33:01 AM MDT4:26
Gallup10:33:03 AM MDT2:08
Fort Wingate10:33:05 AM MDT2:38
Thoreau10:33:09 AM MDT3:21
Grants10:33:49 AM MDT3:16
Cuba10:33:53 AM MDT4:08
Rio Rancho10:34:26 AM MDT4:51
Acoma Pueblo10:34:31 AM MDT2:53
Albuquerque10:34:34 AM MDT4:50
South Valley10:34:37 AM MDT4:46
Los Lunas10:34:52 AM MDT4:28
Belen10:35:06 AM MDT4:04
Los Alamos10:35:19 AM MDT3:05
Moriarty10:35:25 AM MDT4:48
Estancia10:35:33 AM MDT4:52
Agua Fria10:35:44 AM MDT3:16
Clines Corners10:36:03 AM MDT4:28
Santa Fe10:36:03 AM MDT2:48
Claunch10:36:29 AM MDT4:07
Corona10:36:35 AM MDT4:46
Española10:36:45 AM MDT0:35
Vaughn10:36:53 AM MDT4:37
Villanueva10:37:01 AM MDT2:56
Carrizozo10:38:02 AM MDT2:09
Capitan10:38:07 AM MDT2:57
Lincoln10:38:13 AM MDT3:21
Santa Rosa10:38:40 AM MDT1:52
Acme10:38:46 AM MDT4:54
Roswell10:38:47 AM MDT4:42
Lake Sumner10:38:57 AM MDT2:38
Fort Sumner10:39:05 AM MDT2:58
Dexter10:39:13 AM MDT4:34
Hagerman10:39:24 AM MDT4:29
Caprock10:39:50 AM MDT4:47
Artesia10:39:59 AM MDT3:36
Elida10:40:05 AM MDT3:25
Loco Hills10:40:11 AM MDT4:25
Maljamar10:40:17 AM MDT4:44
Hope10:40:22 AM MDT2:00
Tatum10:40:35 AM MDT4:36
Lovington10:40:41 AM MDT4:54
Monument10:41:08 AM MDT4:52
Hobbs10:41:12 AM MDT4:55
Dora10:41:13 AM MDT2:01
Carlsbad10:41:32 AM MDT1:48
Loving10:42:03 AM MDT1:22
Jal10:42:05 AM MDT4:11
Eclipse data courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, from Note that times and durations can vary widely even within the same city and some cities are located only partially within the path of annularity. All times and durations shown on this page are only representative samples and should be used for general comparison purposes only.

* "Duration" refers to the duration of annularity and is expressed in minutes and seconds