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Alamogordo

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Alamogordo

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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".

Understand

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.

Get in

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

Alamogordo is a small city and one could easily walk most of the city.

There are two taxi services available:

  • Dollar Cab, 505-434-8294
  • T-N-T Taxi Service, (505) 437-2292

Public transportation is provided by Z-Tranz (505) 439-4900.

See

  • 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.
  • Alamogordo Park and Zoo, 1321 N White Sands Blvd, +1 505 439-4290, [3]. The oldest zoo in the Southwest. It was established in 1898 by the railroad. The zoo contains about 300 animals of 90 different species. The zoo has a playground area and shaded picnic tables that are included in the entry fee. Hours 9 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas & New Years Day. Under 2, Free, Age 3 to 11 and 60+, $1.1a, Age 12 to 59, $2.20.
  • The Toy Train Depot, +1 505 437-2855, [4]. The Toy Train Depot has a small-scale train ride departing every 30 minutes from the depot, circling Alameda Park. Hundreds of model train and toy trains are on display inside the 100-year-old depot, including a 1,000 square foot HO layout depicting Alamogordo in the 1940’s. The Toy Train Depot houses the smallest scaled working train in the world. Hours are noon to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Tularosa Basin Historical Museum, 1301 North White Sands Blvd, +1 505 434-4438, [5]. It is adjacent to the Alameda Park & Zoo and has ;arge display of articles and photos of the history and early days of the area. Open 10 am to 4 pm Monday - Friday; 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Free.

Do

Buy

Eat

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

Drink

Sleep

Get out

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