Nearby Attractions

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A good way to cool off after a long day in the monument is to drive to the town of Cloudcroft where you will see the cloud climbing trestle

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The alluring landscapes of southern New Mexico have experienced much of human history from cowboys to the military. Look below to explore what else Southern New Mexico has to offer.
 
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New Mexico Museum of Space History and IMAX Theater

Celebrating the spirit of exploration, the museum showcases the history, science, and technology of space exploration, highlighting New Mexico's significant role in the U.S. space program. It is located in Alamogordo, 19 miles (30 km) from White Sands National Monument.
 
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White Sands Missile Range Museum and Missile Park

The mission of the White Sands Missile Range Museum is to interpret the prehistoric, historic, and modern occupation and use of the lands occupied by White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) military installation. Attention is devoted to educating military personnel and the civilian population on the Army's 19th century Indian War campaigns in the Tularosa Basin and the Trinity Site Test, as well as the rocket, missile and other weapons development projects carried out on WSMR after World War II and during the ensuing Cold War period. Located 35 miles (56 km) southwest of White Sands National Monument on WSMR.
 
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Lincoln National Forest

From campgrounds to trails, you'll find many wonderful places to visit in the Lincoln National Forest. Located in the Sacramento Mountains east of Alamogordo, this area provides many activities.
 
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Alameda Park Zoo

The Alameda Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in the southwestern United States. It is also the smallest zoo to receive accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), a prestigious distinction which indicates that the zoo has achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. Located in Alamogordo, 16 miles (10 km) from White Sands National Monument.
 
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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

Set against the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, this park features a historic ranch house, quiet camping in the Chihuahuan Desert and the unique oasis of pools of water under the cottonwood trees of Dog Canyon. Located off Highway 54, south of Alamogordo and approximately 28 miles (45 km) from White Sands National Monument.
 
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Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area (Bureau of Land Management)

The high wall, needle-like spires of the Organ Mountains curve dramatically around a semicircle of Chihuahuan Desert habitat at the Aguirre Spring Campground. The campground, nestled at the base of spectacular cliffs, overlooks the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument. There are two hiking trails and visitors are welcome to ride their horses, picnic, or watch the wildlife. Leashed pets are allowed on trails. Located 39 miles (63 km) southwest of White Sands National Monument.
 
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Other Attractions in the Alamogordo Area

Visit the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce's website to find out more about local attractions.
 
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Other Attractions in the Las Cruces Area

Las Cruces is home to attractions that celebrate the city's rich history and cultural diversity. The Las Cruces Convention & Visitor's Bureau has all the information you'll need on lodging, dining, and sightseeing.
 
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Other National Park Sites in New Mexico

White Sands National Monument is only one of 15 National Park Sites in the state of New Mexico.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Phone:

(575) 479-6124

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