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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
White Sands, a spectacular landscape shaped by natural forces, is like no other place on earth. Located in the heart of the Tularosa Basin just 20 minutes (17 miles) west of Alamogordo, White Sands is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. Long considered one of the world's great natural wonders, the glistening white dunes range over 275 square miles. A unique variety of plants and animals have evolved to survive the seemingly harsh conditions. The park offers a wide range of programs and activities including guided walks, full moon hikes, junior ranger programs and the ever-popular dune sledding. Ask about sleds at the front desk for a fun time of sliding down the dunes.