Alamogordo New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument
Photo by gettyimages.com: McVeras

Set an hour-and-a-half north of El Paso, this town boasts connections to space and atomic history and is home to one of New Mexico's most iconic — and enchanting — outdoor attractions.

White Sands National Monument
This monument covers more than 275 square miles of southeastern New Mexico with the world's largest gypsum dune field. The 8-mile Dunes Drive leads into the Heart of the Sands for day hikes, primitive camping, and sledding down the glistening dunes that crest at 40 feet high. (You can buy a plastic disc at the visitors center.) Plan ahead for full-moon hikes and bike rides, sunset photography tours, and guided hikes to Lake Lucero, where the dune fields began. Hot air balloons lift off in a dazzling display above the dunes each September during the White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational.
nps.gov/whsa

The New Mexico Museum of Space History
Learn more about New Mexico's connections to space exploration through historical exhibitions and artifacts, including a model of the International Space Station and the International Space Hall of Fame.
nmspacemuseum.org

Alameda Park Zoo
This wildly wonderful destination celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2018 and is considered to be the oldest zoo in the Southwest. Many of the animals you'll see — including monkeys, antelopes, and kangaroos — are threatened species or part of a conservation program.
ci.alamogordo.nm.us/170/About-the-Zoo

Did You Know?

Alamogordo New Mexico

Photo by Melissa Kopka

Alamogordo is home to the world's largest pistachio, a man-made roadside attraction located along Highway 54. Tim McGinn, the owner of the on-site pistachio and grape orchards, erected the 30-foot-tall sculpture to honor the memory of his late father, who founded the farm.
pistachioland.com