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.
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 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.
Last updated: May 5, 2022