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ALAMEDA PARK AND ZOO – http://ci.alamogordo.nm.us/Zoo/coaALAMEDAPARKZOO.html
Alameda Park & Zoo is 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. (575) 439-4290
THE CLOUD-CLIMBING RAIL TRAIL – http://www.nmrailstotrails.org
About 10 miles of the old, abandoned Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad grade that runs from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft have been converted to rail trails in various sections, and are open to the public. The sections are separately accessable and have different degrees of difficulty, from easy walking at a grade of less than 6% to an eight mile loop that consists of an elevation change of about 1,000 feet and a few steep slopes. The rail trail highlights include magnificent panoramic overviews of the surrounding areas, 100 year-old wooden railroad trestles and culverts, impressive geologic formations, running streams, and five climatic and vegetation zones, rising from Chihauhaun desert to a sub-alpine landscape. Most of the rail trail sections have shelters, benches, and large interpretive, educational signs that explain the main features of the area. For more information and maps to the different sections, click on the following link: www.nmrailstotrails.org.
DESERT LAKES GOLF COURSE – http://www.desertlakesgolf.com/
background. This is quickly emerging as one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in southern New Mexico. It recently was renovated to make it a more challenging and beautiful course. After a round or two, relax in the lounge and restaurant and enjoy the people and scenery. Open 7- days per week weather permitting.
Founders Park was started in 1998 during Alamogordo’s centennial celebration to honor some of the people and cultures involved in the establishment of the City. In the park, you will find several bronze sculptures by local artists including one featuring the three cultures most responsible for today’s Alamogordo-Native American, Spanish Conquistador and American Cowboy. Located at the corner of US 54/70 and 10th Street. FREE
Kids Kingdom is a play area built to provide children with a creative, challenging and imaginative playscape. It’s a perfect spot to let your children unwind during your stay in Alamogordo. You may also want to bring along a picnic lunch. FREE. Located just off of Indian Wells Road between Oregon & Washington Ave.
LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST – http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/lincoln/
Located in South Central New Mexico, the Lincoln National Forest is known as the birthplace of the world-famous Smokey Bear, the living symbol of the campaign to prevent forest fires. The original bear is buried in Capitan, New Mexico.
The Lincoln consists of three ranger districts: the Sacramento, Smokey Bear and Guadalupe. There are three major mountain ranges: Sacramento, Guadalupe and Capitan that cover 1,103,441 acres in four different counties in Southeastern New Mexico. Elevations of 4,000 to 11,500 feet pass through five different life zones from Chihuahuan desert to sub alpine forest. Vegetation ranges from rare cacti in the lower elevations to Engelmann spruce in the higher elevations.
Temperatures also vary with elevation. At higher elevations, 7,000 feet and up, summer nights are a chilly 40 degrees F. and days are a warm 78 degrees F.,while winter temperatures can drop to 15 degrees F. at night and rise to 40-50 degrees F. during the day. At lower elevations, 6,000-7,000 feet, winter temperatures rarely fall below 0 degrees F. and usually run from teens to 50′s F. Summer temperatures range from 50 degrees to 85 degrees F. At the lowest elevations, 4,000 to 6,000 feet, temperatures are generally 10 degrees higher throughout the year.
NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF SPACE HISTORY – http://www.nmspacemuseum.org
Formerly known as the Space Center and International Space Hall of Fame, this facility operates as a part of the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs and was opened in 1976. The neighboring Clyde W. Tombaugh Space Theater is outfitted with a 40-foot wrap-around OMNIMAX screen and audio system. Visitors tour a model 2001 space station. Also, adjacent to the complex is the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park with a collection of historic space items such as the Sonic Wind I rocket sled. The NMMSH is located on Hwy 2001 off of Scenic Drive. Open 7-days per week. (575) 437-2840 Toll Free: (877) 333-6589
OLD TOWN ALAMOGORDO
Old Town Alamogordo has a variety of retail shops on New York Avenue. The buildings are of the early 20th Century and contain many different architectural designs.
OLIVER LEE MEMORIAL STATE PARK – http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/nmparks
Named for Oliver Milton Lee, a pioneer southern New Mexico rancher and state legislator, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is located at the mouth of Dog Canyon in the rugged Sacramento Mountains south of Alamogordo. Water flows year-round in Dog Canyon, creating a quiet green oasis in contrast to the surrounding prickly desert setting. The 180-acre canyon was an early Apache stronghold, and records show that at least five major battles occurred in the area between government troops and Mescalero Apaches. For many centuries, visitors have been drawn to this place of surprising beauty. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is located 12 miles south of Alamogordo via US 54.
PERFORMING ARTS – http://www.zianet.com/flickinger
Performing Arts — Alamogordo is also the home of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts, Alamogordo Music Theater and the Community Concert series.
THREE RIVERS PETROGLYPH SITE AND RECREATION AREA
The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art. The number and concentration of petroglyphs here make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyph sites in the Desert Southwest. More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert.
Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces Field Office, 1800 Marquess, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Phone (575) 525-4300. Recreation area phone: (575) 585-3458. This number also has a recording about the site and a recorder to leave messages. Two RV sites are $10 each night.
THE TOY TRAIN DEPOT – http://toytraindepot.homestead.com/
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 – http://www.alamogordomuseum.org
Tularosa Basin Historical Museum is adjacent to the Alameda Park & Zoo. Large 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. (575) 434-4438 FREE
WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT – http://www.nps.gov/whsa/
At the northern end of the Chihuahua Desert lies a mountain-ringed valley known as the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders — the glistening white sands of New Mexico. White Sands is New Mexico’s number one National Monument attraction. Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum cover nearly 300 square miles of desert. The dunes are ever changing, growing, cresting, then slumping, but always advancing. Slowly, relentlessly, the sand covers all. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of the world’s largest gypsum dune field, along with the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this harsh environment. The Monument is located on U. S. Highway 70, fifteen miles west of Alamogordo. Open daily except Christmas.