Los Alamos: Directions & Map

 

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Los Alamos is located in northern New Mexico between the Rio Grande and the eastern rim of the Valles Caldera on the Pajarito Plateau, approximately 35 mi (56 km) to the northwest of Santa Fe. The elevation at the post office is 7,320 feet (2,230 m). The visitor center for Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos is located on 475 20th Street, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 87544.
  • Distance from Albuquerque to Los Alamos: 100 miles (160 km)
  • Distance from Santa Fe to Los Alamos: 35 miles (56 km)
  • Distance from Taos to Los Alamos: 65 miles (105 km)
  • Distance from Bandelier to Los Alamos: 15-20 miles (24-32 km)
 

Directions to our visitor center by car

For visitors driving from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, or Northern New Mexico, the easiest approach to Los Alamos is via NM-502. NM-502 leads into Los Alamos from the east.

As you drive into Los Alamos, you can find the Los Alamos Visitor Center at 475 20th Street, in between Trinity Dr and Central Ave. Plenty of parking surrounds Ashley Pond.

For a more scenic route from Albuquerque and other locations further west, taking US-550 to NM-4 E offers beautiful views and the chance to drive through Valles Caldera National Preserve. Taking this route from Albuquerque takes a little longer than driving through Santa Fe, but is about 10 miles (16 km) shorter. The approach from the west can be windy, winding, and mountainous. For those traveling by RV, entering Los Alamos from the east is recommended.

For visitors approaching Los Alamos from the west, it may make sense to take NM-4 E to NM-501, which leads into town. However, this route requires an identity check as it crosses through Los Alamos National Laboratory Property. Be prepared to show your identification at the checkpoints. The approach from the west can be windy, winding, and mountainous. For those traveling by RV, entering Los Alamos from the east is recommended. By following NM-4 E past the NM-501 juncture, you can connect with NM-502 and approach Los Alamos from the east.


As you drive into Los Alamos, you can find the Los Alamos Visitor Center at 475 20th Street, in between Trinity Dr and Central Ave. Plenty of parking surrounds Ashley Pond.

 

Nearby Airports

The Santa Fe Regional Airport is about 43 miles (69 km) from Los Alamos by car. 
The Albuquerque International Sunport is about 100 miles (160 km) from Los Alamos by car.

Last updated: May 5, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Manhattan Project National Historical Park
c/o NPS Intermountain Regional Office
P.O. Box 25287

Denver , CO 80225-0287

Phone:

Hanford: 509.376.1647
Los Alamos: 505.661.6277
Oak Ridge: 865.482.1942

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