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Alamogordo

Jornada Mogollon Indian Petroglyphs at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

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White Sands National Monument

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Welcome to Alamogordo, NM

Defense-related activities are vital to the town of Alamogordo and to Otero County, which covers much of the Tularosa Basin desert. Look up and you might see the dark, bat-shaped outline of a Stealth fighter swooping overhead—Holloman Air Force Base is home to these high-tech fighter planes. Many residents work at White Sands Missile Range, where the nation's first atomic bomb exploded at Trinity Site on July 12, 1945. If you find U.S. 70 closed temporarily, it's due to test launches (locals have grown accustomed to this). South of Alamogordo huge military exercises involving both U.S. and foreign troops are conducted at the Fort Bliss Military Reservation along Route 54. It's not all that surprising that flying objects can be mistaken for Unidentified Flying Objects in this state. Explore

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A Landscape Like No Other on Earth

White Sands National Monument protects more than 100 square miles of brilliant white gypsum dunes. Take a hike off Dunes Drive to explore the otherworldly scenery.

A Landscape Like No Other on Earth

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See the Ways Humans Conquered Outer Space

The New Mexico Museum of Space History includes a variety of rockets, astronaut gear, an authentic moon rock and a space-themed big-screen theater.

See the Ways Humans Conquered Outer Space

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A Cool Retreat in the Highlands

A drive into the Sacramento Mountains takes you to the town of Cloudcroft, elevation 8,600 feet. Hike one of the trails to enjoy lovely conifer forest.

A Cool Retreat in the Highlands

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Explore a Foothills Canyon Oasis

Twelve miles south of Alamogordo, Oliver Lee State Park offers a historic site, picnicking and interpretive trails under lush streamside cottonwoods.

Explore a Foothills Canyon Oasis

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A Fantastic Collection of Rock Art

Feeling adventurous? Head 30 miles north to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, where trails lead to hundreds of incised figures dating back as early as 900 AD.

A Fantastic Collection of Rock Art

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