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.
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.
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.
Greyhound provides bus service to Alamagordo.
Depsite the railroad going through Alamogordo, no commuter service is available and Union Pacific ceased stopping there at the beginning of 2006.
Carolina's (s. White Sands ave) has good Mexican food. Don't let the "atmosphere" scare you off.