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Alamogordo [1] is a town in southeastern New Mexico, in the USA. The population was 35,582 at the 2000 census. The city name is a Spanish word meaning "fat cottonwood".


Alamogordo began as a small hamlet for ranchers and farmers due to the railroad passing through the city. The first nuclear bomb was detonated outside Alamogordo at the Whitesands Missle Range in 1945. It current exists as a county seat for Otero County and to support Holloman Airforce Base and White Sands Missile Range.

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By Car

U.S. Route 54, 70 and 82 all go through Alamogordo. U.S. 54 meet El Paso about 90 miles to the south. U.S. 70 & 84 meet Las Cruces and I-25 about 70 miles to the southwest. U.S. 54 North goes through Tularosa and Carrizozo where it meets U.S. 380. U.S. 380 west will meet up with San Antonio, NM and I-25. U.S. 70 will head northeast to Ruidoso. Finally, 82 east will meet Artesia and U.S. 285 after 110 miles. From there it is 40 miles north to Roswell and 35 miles south to Carlsbad, two popular tourist attractions.

By Plane

Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport (IATA: ALM, ICAO: KALM), is located just outside of Alamogordo. Mesa Airlines provides service from Alamogordo to Albuquerque and Roswell on a Beechcraft 1900 twice a day. The closest major airport is El Paso International Airport 90 miles to the south.

By Bus

Greyhound provides bus service to Alamagordo.

By Train

Depsite the railroad going through Alamogordo, no commuter service is available and Union Pacific ceased stopping there at the beginning of 2006.

Get around


  • New Mexico Museum of Space History, off US 54, +1 877 333-6589, [2]. A surprisingly large complex of museums and displays including the International Space Hall of Fame and a piece of moon rock. The museum hosts a well-regarded youth camp in the summer. 7 days, 9-5 except Christmas; fee $2.50 (some discounts apply), with additional $6 fees (discounts) for the Imax theater.




Carolina's (s. White Sands ave) has good Mexican food. Don't let the "atmosphere" scare you off.



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