- NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF SPACE HISTORY
Formerly known as the Space Center and International Space Hall of Fame, this facility operates as a part of the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs and was opened in 1976. The neighboring Clyde W. Tombaugh Space Theater is outfitted with a 40-foot wrap-around OMNIMAX screen and audio system. Visitors tour a model 2001 space station. Also, adjacent to the complex is the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park with a collection of historic space items such as the Sonic Wind I rocket sled. The NMMSH is located on Hwy 2001 off of Scenic Drive. Open Seven days per week. 575-437-2840 Toll Free: 877-333-6589
- White Sands Missile Range Museum
Outside the museum is a missile park displaying a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands. These include everything from the WAC Corporal and Loon (U.S. version of the V-1) to a Pershing II and Patriot. More than 50 items are on display. The Museum is open year-round. Admission is FREE. Hours on weekdays are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Closed Holidays. The Missile Park is open dawn to dark seven days a week. For more information concerning events call the White Sands Missile Range Museum (575) 678-8824.
- WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
At the northern end of the Chihuahua Desert lies a mountain-ringed valley known as the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders -- the glistening white sands of New Mexico. White Sands is New Mexico’s number one National Monument attraction. Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum cover nearly 300 square miles of desert. The dunes are ever changing, growing, cresting, then slumping, but always advancing. Slowly, relentlessly, the sand covers all. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of the world’s largest gypsum dune field, along with the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this harsh environment. The Monument is located on U. S. Highway 70, fifteen miles west of Alamogordo. Open daily. 575-479-6124
- National Solar Observatory/Sacramento Peak
The 76-cm Solar Telescope, located on Sacramento Peak at an altitude of 2804 meters, is the premier facility for high-resolution solar physics. The Visitor Center is wheelchair-accessible, and is the start and end point of guided and self-guided tours of our observatory. It is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from March to January. Daily guided tours start at 2:00 PM (weather permitting); parties of 10 or more can call (575) 434-7003 to schedule a private guided tour.
There are numerous other points of interest and recreational opportunities in Alamogordo and the nearby Sacramento Mountain communities of Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. The mountain villages of Capitan and Lincoln are rich in Billy the Kid history, and Capitan is the final resting place of Smokey Bear. Other attractions in the Sacramento Mountains include the Spencer Theater, a first-class performance hall that hosts nationally and internationally-renowned performers throughout the year, and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.