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Trip Guide: Alamogordo

Explore the beauty of south-central New Mexico in Alamogordo. 

POPULATION :: 31,283

ELEVATION :: 4,336′

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CONTACT :: (575) 439-4100  

From space heroes, the mysteries of the universe, and the oddities of White Sands to natural history, train toys for rail buffs, an array of great hikes, and a concert season perfect for tailgating and getting to know the community, Alamogordo offers a variety of experiences for every type of visitor. 

Lincoln National Forest
Above: Lincoln National Forest. Photograph courtesy of City of Alamogordo.


1. The Wine Scene
Experience the elegance of a wine tour—without breaking the bank. Alamogordo is a wine lovers’ paradise. Explore vineyards rich with history and sample local wines.

2. Locally Grown Foods
Savor local flavors. Home to pistachio and pecan farms, Alamogordo is an ideal immersive vacation experience, complete with the opportunity to tour farms and enjoy locally grown pistachios and pecans.

3. Great Gifts
Extend vacation memories by taking home a taste of New Mexico. Purchase a bottle of wine and local nuts, as well as sweets and gifts to savor the experience.

Alameda Zoo
Above: Alameda Zoo. Photograph courtesy of City of Alamogordo.

4. White Sands
Enjoy the great outdoors at the iconic and picturesque White Sands National Monument, perfect for year-round camping, sledding, picnicking, photography, and exploring.

5. Kids Love It
Learning is fun for kids and explorers of all ages in Alamogordo. Explore the Toy Train Depot Museum, Alameda Park Zoo, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

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For more ideas on what to do in New Mexico, check out our Travel page or our monthly calendar of events.





Weekend Warrior: Alamogordo

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The Legend of La Luz

La Luz Pottery briefly gleamed near Alamogordo. Its legend ignites the desires of collectors. By Kate Nelson

The Mysteries of the Sands

White Sands National Monument is more than a great place to play. Among its shifting dunes, scientists are unearthing an ancient history teeming with mammoths, dire wolves, and sloths.
By Tim Vanderpool