Near Alamogordo, an area of desert and mountain ranges used by the military for various kinds of weapons testing; including the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was detonated, in July 1945. You may visit on 2 days each year, the first Saturdays of April and October, which was a dissappointment to us. Ralph really wanted to visit that area. Also 60 miles south in the flat Tularosa Basin -For thousands of years the westerly winds have deposited gypsum powder - formerly eroded from the nearby San Andres Mountains, washed down by rainwater and deposited in the seasonal Lake Lucero, a few miles southwest - creating a huge area of white dunes covering 275 square miles. About half of the sands are within the boundaries of the White Sands National Monument, one of the most unusual and magical places in the Southwest. This is something we have talked about visiting for years and at long last we made it here and WOW what a beautiful sight it was.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We hit the road again and are headed to Alamogordo, New Mexico... Over the Mountains and through the desert we go. And YES we ran into snow once again... There are several things we want to see & do in this area beginning with White Sands National Monument. The there is also Three Rivers Petrographs, Valley of Fires, Smokey the Bear Historical Park, Space Museum and many other things.
We will be staying at Boot Hill RV Park which is a Passport America Park. It has FHU,50Amp, Wi-Fi and they have a band and dance every Saturday night... The owners are very friendly and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable.
White Sands National Monument