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About Alamogordo

Alamogordo is a small settlement located in the US State of New Mexico. It is situated in the Tularosa Basin, with the Sacramento Mountains bordering it to the east. It is the commercial and industrial center of Otero County. Alamogordo doesn’t have a lot of manufacturing, rather the service and retail industries drive the economy, as well as its developing tourism industry.    

The city was founded by Charles Bishop Eddy in 1898 and grew rapidly after the railway network was connected to the city. Eddy designed Alamogordo with wide streets and trees surrounding the irrigation canals. The city received its name, which means ‘large cottonwood’ in Spanish, from Charles Eddy’s brother, John Arthur Eddy. The US Army’s first nuclear test, the Trinity test, took place nearby in the Jornado del Muerto Desert on July 16th, 1945. A month later the bomb used in the Trinity test was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. There are many important US military facilities close to Alamogordo like the White Sands Space Harbor, which is a space shuttle runway used for educational purposes by NASA to test various rocket researching and the Holloman Air Force Base, which is home to a large aircraft fleet.  

Among the city’s major attractions are the White Sands National Monument, which is the largest gypsum dune field in the world, Lake Lucero, New Mexico Museum of Space History, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, The International Space Hall of Frame, Toy Train Depot, and the Alamogordo Museum of History.  Alamgordo has a steepe-climate and receives a small amount of rainfall throughout the year. The White Sands Regional Airport is located 7km southwest of the city. 

Transportation to Alamogordo City Center from Airport


Alamogordo – White Sands Regional Airport

You can choose among some means of transportation to reach the city center from Alamogordo White Sands Regional Airport. When you arrive at the airport, located 7 kilometers south-west of Alamogordo city center, you can take a taxi or rent a car. It takes a maximum of 15 minutes to reach the city center from the airport.


When you go out of the airport terminal you will see many taxis. The most important reason why public transportation services are not provided when arriving from the airport to the city center is that the airport is very close to the region and city. A taxi fare of around $ 16-19 is required for the journeys, but we advise you to negotiate. Within 10 to 12 minutes you can reach Alamogordo city center.

Car Rental

You can choose one of the local and international car rental companies serving at the airport terminal and you can pre-book before your flight. If you have an international driving license, you can take your vehicle in just a few minutes and go directly to Alamogordo city center.

Weather in Alamogordo

DayMin - Max
MondayMin 18ºC - Max 28ºC
TuesdayMin 17ºC - Max 31ºC
WednesdayMin 20ºC - Max 33ºC
ThursdayMin 23ºC - Max 34ºC
FridayMin 24ºC - Max 34ºC

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