Alamogordo is fortunate to be central to a wide range of attractions. The White Sands National Monument is the destination for more than 500,000 visitors each year. A giant sea of sparkling white gypsum, the glistening white sand covers nearly 300-square miles and is definitely one of the area’s not-to-be-missed sites. The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo traces the evolution of the Space Age, honoring explorers and events. On the hill next to the Space museum, the Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater and Planetarium is home of the world’s largest format projection system. Alamogordo is also home to Alameda Park Zoo (the oldest zoo in the Southwest), the Toy Train Depot and Museum, and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the natural scenic beauty at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Lincoln National Forest. Explore the sun at the Sunspot Astronomy & Visitor’s Center located on the Sacramento Peak. Also, the newly renovated Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Ski Apache are just minutes away. Golf is a year-round pastime in Alamogordo at Desert Lakes Golf Course and the several other courses located in the mountains of nearby Cloudcroft, Mescalero and Ruidoso. Stimulating growth and education through the arts, the Flickinger Center provides diversity through classical music, big band sounds, international dance troupes and a variety of Grammy-winning performances.
Alamogordo has a variety of restaurants to fit your tastes and budget, including national chains and locally-owned establishments. Many restaurants offer New Mexican cuisine, featuring the ever-popular red or green chile. Overnight accommodations are available at any of several motels and RV parks in and around Alamogordo. Lodging is also available in nearby Cloudcroft at a resort or one of many cabins.