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Trip Guide: Alamogordo

Four reasons to visit this year-round destination.‚Äč

POPULATION :: 31,283

ELEVATION :: 4,336′

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CONTACT :: 800-826-0294 

Explore the mysteries of the Earth—and the universe—in Alamogordo.

Things get elemental at White Sands National Monument, where geological time moves at the pace of a desert box turtle. From there, Alamogordo whips visitors across the centuries and into space. Buckle up! It’s going to be a thrilling ride.

White Sands National Monument
Above: White Sands National Monument. Photograph courtesy of City of Alamogordo.

1. Space Adventure
Alamogordo is known as the cradle of America’s space program thanks to the testing of everything from space suits to rockets at White Sands Missile Range in the late 1940s. Home to Holloman Air Force Base and the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo invites you to go galactic on your visit.

2. Family Fun
Alamogordo is ideal for families looking to go off the beaten path, with activities like the Toy Train Depot Museum, Alameda Park Zoo, and McGinn’s Pistachio Land.

Hiking in Alamogordo
Above: Hiking in Oliver Lee State Park. Photograph courtesy of City of Alamogordo.

3. Outdoor Discovery
Alamogordo is an adventurer’s paradise with unlimited surprises. From journeying through the vast Oliver Lee State Park to exploring the immense beauty of White Sands National Monument and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, there’s a unique experience for every outdoor lover.

4. History and Culture
Touring local vineyards and farms, visitors can savor pistachios and wines from the fields around Alamogordo. Culture lovers will enjoy the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts. Twice a year, history buffs can explore the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb detonated.

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