Alamogordo Travel Guide

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Alamogordo Highlights

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     lots of historical things to see, great sunsets, lots of art, culture and outdoor fun 

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     IT WOULD TAKE ME DAYS TO WRITE ALL THE CONS 

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     It's a nice smaller city inthe desert 

Alamogordo Things to Do

  • New Mexico Museum of Space History

    Both Chris and I grew up with the Space Race, and both of us have a clear memory of the Moon Landings, especially the first, so a visit to a museum that documents it all was a must! The museum sits on a hill on the east side of Alamogordo, and we were here on a very windy day so we really felt the force of it up here. We could see the effect of the...

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  • Shroud Exhibit and Museum (SEAM)

    This is the description I wrote with the director for the website, ShroudNM.com (I am its webmaster): Unique Shroud of Turin interactive exhibit at White Sands Mall, 3199 N White Sands Blvd, Suite D1, Alamogordo, NM 88310. We offer a backlit, full-sized (14' x 3.5') picture, the only interactive VP-8 Image Analyzer 3D viewer experience, New Mexico...

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  • White Sands National Monument

    The big attraction in Alamogordo is the national monument. If you've ever wanted to see big sand dunes and can't afford to travel to the Sahara or the Gobi, you can still see some impressive dunes here. Located just west of Alamogordo past the main gate to Holloman Air Force Base, the NPS does a great job with trail management considering that the...

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  • Mescalero Church

    This church is about a 45 minuter drive from Alamoghetto, but interesting to see. Its a cross between catholisim and Apache religions. There is some history behind it but I dont feel like writing that much. We did some landscaping volunteer work to help it look bettter but its gunna take a helluva lot more than jusd pulling weeds.

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  • Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum

    The Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum was established in 1964 to collect and preserve the history of the Tularosa Basin and the town of Alamogordo. They have a nice collection of artifacts and printed materials crammed into a too small space. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday, the museum is closed on Sundays. Admission is free;...

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  • Oliver Lee SP: Chihuahuan Desert...

    There is a nice little Chihuahuan Desert Garden located by the parking area. Walk through it and see desert plants native to the area.

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  • Oliver Lee SP: Frenchy's Cabin and...

    Prior to Oliver Lee coming here there was a man named Francois-Jean Rochas, nicknamed Frenchy, living in the canyon. He built a small cabin and several walls marking parts of his property. The cabin has been partially restored to show its size and construction.

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  • Oliver Lee SP: Oliver Lee Ranch

    The Oliver Lee Ranch at the park has been restored and furnished with period items. You can only tour the ranch during a ranger guided tour offered at 3PM on Saturday and Sunday. You used to be able to drive up and look at the outside but a few years ago someone broke in and stole some of the displays so it is blocked off.Oliver Lee lived here for...

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  • Oliver Lee SP: Displays in Visitors...

    There are some interesting displays in the Visitors Center detailing the history of the area from fossils of life millions of years ago, through the Mescalero Apache living here to more modern history.

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Alamogordo Restaurants

  • A great local find!

    When we arrived in town, one reason for our choice of the Alamo Inn was the proximity of a couple of possible eating places within a block or so. We had planned to try Si Senor, just next door, but when I looked online after checking in I found a couple of poor reviews on Trip Advisor – and a couple of very good ones for a place a couple of blocks...

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  • Good Chinese Fast Food

    In the White Sands Mall you have the choice of three or four places to eat. The one I chose was a tiny place called Chinex. You order your food (I had two main dishes with a large mound of fried rice). The tables are in the mall so it's a nice place to sit and watch people walk by. The food was very good. Hours are 10 AM to 8 PM Monday through...

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  • Seafood, Steaks, and more

    Pepper's Grill has seafood, steak, chicken, pasta, and more. A widely varied menu. The decor was wood tables and chairs and southwest style art on the walls. Service was very good. I had the Seafood Newburg Pasta. The seafood was very good, the pasta average. Next time I will try the stuffed sole or some catfish. The Hawaiian Ham Steak sounded...

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  • Very Good Buffet

    Golden Corral is an all you can eat buffet restaurant with American style food. They have a variety of meats, potatoes, vegetables, and desserts. The food was well prepared and the staff was efficient. It was within walking distance of the Motel 6. I especially enjoyed the meatloaf and the baked fish. Don't miss their Banana Pudding!

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  • Super Buffet at a Rock Bottom Price!

    There seem to be Chinese buffets in every town. New China is one of those but they have quite an impressive assortment of dishes on their buffet. As with any buffet where food needs to be prepared somewhat ahead of time to keep up with the hungy masses, some dishes can tend to be a bit dried out from the heat lamps. But there are enough choices on...

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  • Ignore the Piper's Call!

    Peter Piper Pizza is kid pizza. I wouldn’t even classify it among decent family pizzas let alone gourmet pizzas. If you’re in town and are craving pizza, go anywhere but here. The staff are not very friendly or cheerful and go about their business like robots. My food tray was seriously greasy and downright gross. Even if you have kids I would not...

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Alamogordo Nightlife

  • Luminarias at Christmas

    On Christmas eve many natives here light there properties with Luminarias. For those of you who've never heard of them, they're small brown paper sacks filled with a little sand and a candle placed inside. Obviously this can't be lit for the entire season, the candle only lasts so long. But the candles are all hand lit and placed in lines spaced...

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  • Dancing, Billiards, Drinks and food

    Although I feel the dance floor is rather small its one of the few places we have left here to dance the night away (at least until 1am..haha)Must be 21 Drinks are about average price and good. Music varies, anything from country to alternative. Mostly DJ. Several pool tables available as well as pizza and appetizers. They can also accomodate...

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Alamogordo Shopping

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    White Sands Mall

    by Basaic Written Mar 2, 2010

    There is a shopping mall with a J C Penny's, a Beall's, a Burkes Outlet and a K Mart in addition to other stores on US 70 through Alamogordo. There are also a few good places to eat inside the mall.

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Alamogordo Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Feb 2, 2010

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    Please obey the Warning Signs at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park; they are there to protect you and to protect the park for future visitors.

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Alamogordo What to Pack

  • by Enchanted Written Feb 25, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring various layers of clothing. We have weird weather here sometimes, usually in the fall and spring, you can never be certain weather its going to be hot all day or cold. Good walking shoes and a good windbreaker jacket in the fall and spring

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lotion & sunblock any time of year is a good idea for this area. I would also keep a well kept first aide kit in the car for the outdoor adventures.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Water water and more water. A lot of places you find nice to camp don't have drinking water not to mention you don't want to break down somewhere without something to keep you hydrated or put in the car. We always try to keep a gallon in the car at all times, but especially on road trips.

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Alamogordo Off The Beaten Path

  • White Sands National Monument

    It was the White Sands in part at least that brought us to New Mexico, and they did not disappoint. After seeing the wonderful photos taken here by Richie (richiecdisc) I was really keen to see these scenes for myself, and that was one of the triggers for planning a holiday in this incredible state. The White Sands National Monument really merits a...

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  • Off the path for a reason!

    I wouldnt really call this an activity.. its more of a job or punishment for me. There is stuff to do here besides work, it takes an imagination. This is thearea that I reside, work and pretty much live in.

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  • Cloudcroft

    Cloudcroft, although one of the most beautiful mountain spots in Southern New Mexico, is still relatively undiscovered as a tourist destination. The skiing is several miles away, although Cloudcroft has begun marketing itself to try to lure skiers into its motels.This is a very small town, strung out along US 70 several thousand feet above...

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Alamogordo Sports & Outdoors

  • Dog Canyon Trail

    The Dog Canyon Trail at Oliver Lee State Park is a long and difficult trail. It starts at the Visitors Center and ends at Forest Road 90B. It is 5.5 miles from end to end. You must have someone pick you up on the road or hike another 5.5 miles back to the Visitors Center. The trail rises 500 feet in the first .6 miles. Footing is rough in many...

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  • Riparian Nature Trail

    There is a Riparian Nature Trail in Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. A riparian area is a ribbon of green that surrounds a constant water source like a river in a desert area. The Riparian Nature Trail at Oliver Lee, however, is closed due to a recent flash flood which washed out the trail and much of the vegetation.

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  • Get a National Park Service Passport

    These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The collection of these stamps, similar to postal cancellation postmarks (which include the name of the park and the date visited) become fun to collect. It's a...

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  • The wonder of IMAX

    To my utmost surprise, Alamogordo even has an IMAX theatre! That's really cool! I love IMAX & OMNIMAX movies. IMHO, they are by far the best substitute for not having the chance to visit the actual sites. To date, my favorite documentaries are: 'Antarctica', 'Journey Into Amazing Caves', 'Ring of Fire', 'Everest' & 'Alaska'.On the night we stayed...

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  • El Paso

    We decided against staying in El Paso after landing at its airport & driving through the city. The hotel where we had a prior online reservation was nice though. That's the Marriott El Paso & we had it for US$79 ++ including breakfast for 2. After having a great lunch in a restaurant across from Marriott El Paso(I love its salad bar) - highly...

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