|ALAMEDA PARK AND ZOO – http://ci.alamogordo.nm.us/Zoo/coaALAMEDAPARKZOO.html
Alameda Park & Zoo is the oldest zoo in the Southwest. It was established in 1898 by the railroad. The zoo contains about 300 animals of 90 different species. The zoo has a playground area and shaded picnic tables that are included in the entry fee. Hours 9 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas & New Years Day.
THE CLOUD-CLIMBING RAIL TRAIL – http://www.nmrailstotrails.org
About 10 miles of the old, abandoned Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad grade that runs from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft have been converted to rail trails in various sections, and are open to the public. The sections are separately accessable and have different degrees of difficulty, from easy walking at a grade of less than 6% to an eight mile loop that consists of an elevation change of about 1,000 feet and a few steep slopes. The rail trail highlights include magnificent panoramic overviews of the surrounding areas, 100 year-old wooden railroad trestles and culverts, impressive geologic formations, running streams, and five climatic and vegetation zones, rising from Chihauhaun desert to a sub-alpine landscape. Most of the rail trail sections have shelters, benches, and large interpretive, educational signs that explain the main features of the area. For more information and maps to the different sections, click on the following link: www.nmrailstotrails.org.Top ↑DESERT LAKES GOLF COURSE – http://www.desertlakesgolf.com/
This is quickly emerging as one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in southern New Mexico. It recently was renovated to make it a more challenging and beautiful course. After a round or two, relax in the lounge and restaurant and enjoy the people and scenery. Open 7- days per week weather permitting.
(575) 437-0290Top ↑
Eagle Ranch Pistachio Groves Farm Tour – http://www.heartofthedesert.com/farm_tour/farm_tour.asp
The tour takes about forty-five minutes. You will visit the field, the processing plant, the salting and roasting facility, as well as our packaging and shipping departments. It’s a walking tour with wheelchair accessibility.
Don’t forget to leave plenty of time to visit our gift shop. We offer FREE samples of our pistachio products and candies, in addition to our award winning wines.
Free Tours Daily
LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST – http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/lincoln/
The Lincoln consists of three ranger districts: the Sacramento, Smokey Bear and Guadalupe. There are three major mountain ranges: Sacramento, Guadalupe and Capitan that cover 1,103,441 acres in four different counties in Southeastern New Mexico. Elevations of 4,000 to 11,500 feet pass through five different life zones from Chihuahuan desert to sub alpine forest. Vegetation ranges from rare cacti in the lower elevations to Engelmann spruce in the higher elevations.
Temperatures also vary with elevation. At higher elevations, 7,000 feet and up, summer nights are a chilly 40 degrees F. and days are a warm 78 degrees F.,while winter temperatures can drop to 15 degrees F. at night and rise to 40-50 degrees F. during the day. At lower elevations, 6,000-7,000 feet, winter temperatures rarely fall below 0 degrees F. and usually run from teens to 50′s F. Summer temperatures range from 50 degrees to 85 degrees F. At the lowest elevations, 4,000 to 6,000 feet, temperatures are generally 10 degrees higher throughout the year.
NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF SPACE HISTORY – http://www.nmspacemuseum.org
OLIVER LEE MEMORIAL STATE PARK – http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/nmparks
PERFORMING ARTS – http://www.zianet.com/flickinger
PISTACHIOLAND – www.PistachioLand.com
After you visit the Alamogordo, New Mexico area you will think of pistachios in a much more delicious and memorable way!! The McGinn family took their little slice of New Mexico desert and turned it into a Pistachio and Wine heaven waiting for you – visit the Roadside Attraction – the World’s Largest Pistachio at the place that Larry the Cable Guy dubbed ”Only in America”.
At PistachioLand you will also find a lovely log cabin store open daily year-round and an authentic winery and vineyard with wines sure to please any palate. (The on-site winemaker is often serving the free samples!!) The Country Store offers pistachios in many flavors, pistachio candies, a wide variety of New Mexico products, T-Shirts and gift packages.
In recent years, PistachioLand has been featured in major travel magazines, has two segments on a statewide news channel, has been highly photographed, filmed in a 2012 released movie starring Academy award winning actors, and will soon be featured on the History Channel in July 2013.
Come take your own photos, try McGinn’s Famous Pistachio Brittle made right at PistachioLand. So much to see, taste and try!!
PistachioLand hours and info:
THREE RIVERS PETROGLYPH SITE AND RECREATION AREA
Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces Field Office, 1800 Marquess, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Phone (575) 525-4300. Recreation area phone: (575) 585-3458. This number also has a recording about the site and a recorder to leave messages. Two RV sites are $10 each night.
THE TOY TRAIN DEPOT – http://toytraindepot.homestead.com/
TULAROSA BASIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM – http://www.alamogordomuseum.org
WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT – http://www.nps.gov/whsa/
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