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    National Monument New Mexico

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Trinity Site - October 6, 2012

September 13, 2012 Posted by: Tara Cuvelier

WNPA at Trinity

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, WNPA will be out of the visitor center and out in the field!  Yes, it's time once again for us to go to the Trinity Site, set up our booth, and serve visitors as they explore the location where the world's first atomic bomb was detonated. 

Why is this such an exciting event for us?  White Sands Missile Range opens the Trinity Site to the public only twice a year--on the first Saturday of April and October.  This gives us a unique opportunity to interact with the public and represent both the WNPA and White Sands National Monument. By working side-by-side with National Park Service staff, we are able to connect people to their national parks. 

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  1. Frank - San Jose, CA
    March 05, 2014 at 09:33

    What hours will Trinity Site be open this April 5th (2014)?

  2. White Sands National Monument
    January 12, 2014 at 03:26

    Hi Ona, The White Sands Missile Range opens the site to visitors on the first Saturday in April. It used to be in April and October but they discontinued the October day until further notice. So for 2014, the date will be April 5. You can contact the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce at (575) 437-6120 or the Missile Range's Public Affairs office at (575) 678-1134 for more information.

  3. Ona - Alamogordo, NM
    December 29, 2013 at 05:09

    Is there a date for the next trinity site tour?


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Photo of kangaroo rat

Because there is virtually no fresh water within the White sands dunefield, animals that live in the dunes must get almost all their water solely from the food they eat. Desert animals have evolved many ways of conserving moisture. The kangaroo rat eats only dry seeds and never drinks water.