Alamogordo / White Sands KOA Local Attractions

Local Area Attractions Near Alamogordo / White Sands KOA

Our campground is centrally located to many great attractions and tourist towns. See below for more information.

White Sand National Monument
White Sand National Monument

The White Sands National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo in western Otero County and northeastern Doña Ana County in the state of New Mexico, at an elevation of 4235 feet. The area is in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin and comprises the southern part of a field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world.

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New Mexico Museum of Space History
New Mexico Museum of Space History

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a museum and planetarium complex in Alamogordo, New Mexico, dedicated to artifacts and displays related to space flight and the space age. It includes the International Space Hall of Fame. The Museum of Space History highlights the role that New Mexico has had in the U. S. space program, and is one of eight museums administered by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The museum has been accredited by American Alliance of Museums since 1993.The Museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate.

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Alameda Park Zoo
Alameda Park Zoo

Alameda Park Zoo, located in Alamogordo, New Mexico, was founded in 1898 and claims to be the oldest zoo in the Southwestern United States. It is one of three AZA-accredited zoos in New Mexico and participates in the Species Survival Plan for the Mexican Gray Wolf.

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Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest

Lincoln National Forest is known as the birthplace of the world-famous Smokey Bear, the symbol of the campaign to prevent forest fires.

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Heart of the Desert
Heart of the Desert

Warmed by the bright sun in southern New Mexico, Heart of the Desert's award winning pistachios and wines are grown here at Eagle Ranch. This family farm is the site of New Mexico's oldest and largest producing pistachio groves.

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Local Area Recreation Near Alamogordo / White Sands KOA

In Alamogordo the New Mexico Museum of Space History chronicles the state's role in the US space program, and its planetarium offers a remarkable look at the stars. Train buffs won't want to miss Alamogordo's Toy Train Depot with scale model displays, railroad artifacts and rides on the narrow-gauge rail line. Just down the road beckon the brilliant dunes of the White Sands National Monument, where hiking trails, and roads lead through flour-white gypsum sands. Be sure to ask your hosts for a free loaner sand disk for sledding down the dunes! We are also just a short drive to scenic Cloudcroft where at 9000' the view is breath taking.

Alameda Park Zoo

Alameda Park Zoo

"Cute", "quaint", and "nice little zoo" are just some of the reviews that visitors from across the US have given Alameda Park Zoo.  Founded in 1898, Alameda Park Zoo is the oldest in New Mexico and one of the oldest in the Southwest.  It is certified by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and is notable for its Species Survival Plan Captive Facility for the Mexican Grey Wolf.  The zoo is home to more than 250 species on 12 acres - the perfect size for smaller kids.  We also have an education center, gift shop, picnic area and playground.

1321 N. White Sands Boulevard

Alamogordo, NM 88310

575-439-4290

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Toy Train Depot and Museum

Toy Train Depot and Museum

All aboard!  Train lovers of all ages will get a kick out of New Mexico's leading collection of small scale trains.  The museum is housed in an authentic, early 20th century train depot built by the Southern Pacific Railroad.  The museum presents more than 1,000 model trains dating from 1901 to the present.  Rare photographs and memorabilia from the early railroading days in Alamogordo and the Sacramento Mountains are also included.  A highlight is a ride on 1/5th scale Alamogordo & Alameda Narrow Gauge Railway.  The museum operates three replicas from railroading's heyday along a two-mile loop through historic Alameda Park.

1991 N White Sands Blvd

Alamogordo, NM 88310

575-437-2855

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Three Rivers is remarkable for the number of variety of over 21,000 petroglyphs carved here between 900 and 1400 AD.  It is one of the few historic sites in the southwest designated solely for its rock art.  The native Mogollon people created images of humans, birds, animals, fish, insects, plants and numerous geometric and abstract designs.  Many of the glyphs are easily viewed from a trail that winds through the rocks for approximately one mile.  Nearby are the ruins of a small pueblo.  Hiking, camping and picnics can all be done at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

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National Solar Observatory

National Solar Observatory

One of the world's leading solar observatories is located in the Sacramento Mountains about 16 miles south of the town of Cloudcroft.  The beautiful setting at about 9,100 feet in elevation was chosen for its excellent daytime "sky quality".  The NSO operates state-of-the-art facilities for the advancement of knowledge about our sun.  Visitors are welcome with both guided and self-guided tours.  Hiking trails offer spectacular views of the Tularosa Basin including White Sands National Monument and points beyond.

3010 Coronal Loop

Sunspot, NM 88349

575-434-7000

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New Mexico Museum of Space History

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Discover how New Mexico's Tularosa Basin became the cradle of America's space program.  Visitors from across the country and around the world come to Alamogordo to learn about the history, science and technology of space travel.  Permanent exhibits showcase the historical developments of rocketry and the pioneers in the field, as well as the challenges of living in space with presentations of space food, clothing, a space toilet and more.  The museum also exhibits real moon rocks!  The museum is home to the International Space Hall of Fame, which commemorates the achievements of the men and women behind man's exploration of the heavens.

Highway 2001

Alamogordo, NM 88310

575-437-2840

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