Alamogordo isn’t exactly a big town with lots to do so creating this list was ambitious. But I did it, and now you have over 101 things to do in Alamogordo. Enjoy!
1. Go to a tap takeover at Lowes
Once a month Lowes (the grocery store) allows breweries to come in for a tap takeover. There are typically giveaways as well as lots of fun new beers to try!
2. Take a ride on the life sized toy train at the Toy Train Depot
It's not just a train that rides around Alameda park, it's actually a model toy train designed to be large enough for people, it's a silly experience worth having, I'm pretty sure it's $5 but if you do the museum tour it's $10 for both.
3. Catch a live show at Cloudcroft Brewing
They regularly have live music, couple that with beer and it feels like a win!
4. Taste green chile wine at Noisy Water Winery in Cloudcroft
The wine tasting is $5 for three tastes but you get a free taste of either green or red chile wine. Go green. To read more about unusual green chile foods in New Mexico check out this post.
5. Pick apples at Nichols Ranch and Orchard in La Luz
I always enjoy picking my own fruit, maybe you will too. You just pay for what you pick so pick wisely.
6. Hike to Bridal Veil Falls
A lovely hike to a waterfall, do your research because there is a short trail and a long trail to get there.
7. See a roadrunner
Coming from a place where roadrunners don't exist seeing one for the first time felt like a big deal. Turns out they don't look much like the cartoon but they do run super fast!
8. Get frozen custard from Caliches
They don't have alcohol but they do have pool. They typically close at 9pm but will sometimes stay open if there is a group playing. It's a fun thing to do once for sure.
10. Get a (non-alcoholic) drink and enjoy live music at Patrons Hall
Patrons hall regularly has live music (some of which is super good and some of which is not so great) but it made for some fun Tuesday nights for sure.
11. Visit the Alameda Farmers Market
There isn't much there but I think that's what makes this experience so funny. When I went there was probably three tomatoes, a jar of honey and some dog treats for sale. Maybe you will find more there than I did. Still if you want to buy local those tomatoes are waiting for you.
12. Take a class at Home Depot
Once a month on Thursdays the Home Depot hosts free "do-it-herself" classes where they let you build fun art type projects (I made a spice rack and a stocking holder, both of which I got to keep) and almost every Saturday they have free classes on home improvement. Go learn a new skill!
13. Play checkers at Mad Coffee
Mad Coffee has an oversized checkers board perfect for battling it out with a friend. I recommend skipping the coffee and going for a smoothie instead.
14. Sled down the dunes at White Sands
The cheapest place to buy sleds is Walmart. If you wax the bottom they will go super fast. Look for someone who has found a good spot and join in!
15. Check out the worlds largest pistachio at McGinns PistachioLand
An Alamogordo roadside classic, at 30ft tall it is the world's largest pistachio (probably with very little competition). Read more about it here.
16. Pick wild desert fruit
I suggest prickly pears, just pick them carefully so you don't get pricked. If you open them up you can use the inside part to eat, make juice from or to blend into margaritas.
17. Spend an hour at the Alamogordo Zoo
I'd say the zoo is a solid hour worth of fun, but maybe you will want to stay longer. It's $2.50 to get in and I think it's $2.50 worth of fun for sure.
18. Visit the Shroud Museum
This museum is weird, even for me, but it's free so you might as well go check it out.
19. Feel a rocket rumble at the Space Museum
One of the exhibits in the Space Museum lets you feel different types of rockets taking off. See if you can feel the difference.
20. Take the ranger led sunset hike at White Sands
I love learning from the Park Rangers at the National Park properties and this experience is no exception. The ranger will take you out on a stroll and teach you about some of the plants and wildlife in the area and after you get to watch the sunset on the beautiful White Sands. It's free with admission into the park so you should do it..
21. Try frozen apple cider from The Old Apple Barn in High Rolls
A quirky roadside attraction to lure in passing tourists, they have several apple products including frozen apple cider. It's a bit sweet for my taste but worth a try on a hot day if you're craving something sweet.
22. Eat brunch at Nuckleweed in La Luz
This is my favorite place to eat in the local area. Their brunch is delicious (especially the stuffed french toast) however, the place is small so make sure you make a reservation.
23. Try an agave margarita at Casa de Suenos in La Luz
Since getting a liquor license is difficult in New Mexico many places can only serve beer and wine which poses a challenge for many Mexican/New Mexican restaurants. However, most have found their way around that by offering agave margaritas (basically a wine base). Casa de Suenos does them well so go try one.
24. Hike on the Grand View Trail
A short hike in High Rolls with a solid view
25. Go tubing at Ski Cloudcroft
We did this for my friend's birthday and I thought it was surprisingly fun. There is a little pulley system that takes you to the top and then you can race down or ride down clustered in a group. A super fun afternoon activity when there is snow on the ground.
26. Go to the lumberjack festival in Cloudcroft
I love small town festivals and this one was no exception. Plus people in flannel doing really BA activities is really fun.
27. Hike the Trestle Trail in Cloudcroft
This is one of my favorite hikes in the area; it's lovely and the trestle makes for a really fun destination.
28. Sit by the fire pit at The Lodge in Cloudcroft
I went to The Lodge for dinner and was a bit disappointed. However, I did really enjoy wandering the property and sitting out by the fire pit.
29. Have a study session at Alamogordo’s public library
I think Alamogordo has a pretty solid library with lots of good spaces to cozy up for a solid study session or to just sit and read a book.
30. Get boba tea from Lotus
Not only is the boba good but they also have games; so if you have friends who also like boba go and have a tea and game session.
31. Do the mansion hike up 1st Street
If you head down first street and park in the city park and just keep walking straight back you will find a trail that takes you up to the mansion, there is a pretty solid view of the city and White Sands from up there.
32. Catch a show at the planetarium
You can see the stars up close at the planetarium; the show I went to was more of a kids show so make sure you ask what type of show it will be.
33. Enjoy coffee with a view at Plateau espresso
The coffee is average but the view is definitely above average.
34. Learn about Atari’s disaster in the Tularosa Basin Museum
Atari had to dump some embarrassing games in the Alamogordo landfill...go learn all about it at the museum.
35. Go rock climbing
Being so close to the mountains affords some fun rock climbing opportunities, there are a few common places to outdoor climb including marble canyon and the tunnel. Enjoy!
36. Eat lunch at Natures Pantry
One of the few solid places to get a meal in Alamogordo. If you're looking for more ideas of places to eat check out this post.
37. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about toy trains at the Toy Train Depot
These guys are passionate about toy trains, like super passionate. So go learn more than you ever wanted to know about toy trains.
38. Do a wine tasting at Heart of the Desert
Lots of sweet wine so if you're into that go check them out.
39. Find the scrap metal road runner
Located on the North end of White Sands Blvd
40. Become a Junior Ranger at White Sands
I love the junior ranger programs and the one at White Sands is no exception! This activity is available to future rangers of any age and consists of a small learning activity after which you get "sworn in" (read that as: say you will care about the parks) and receive a badge or a patch. Go get 'em!
41. Hike the Osha loop trail
An easy trail right on the West end of Cloudcroft
42. Buy locally roasted coffee at High Altitude
High Altitude is a cute little shop for clothing and adventure products. They also sell locally roasted coffee, just make sure you get one that suits your taste.
43. Get a BBQ sandwich at Mad Jacks
There is a rumor that this place may be shutting down soon but since it's still open (to my knowledge) you should go here! I am not a BBQ person but Mad Jacks makes me love it, seriously, their food is delicious. I even wrote about it in a post here on the best food in the area.
44. Figure out what cuddles and unicorn poop smell like at Mountain Moon
After getting a sandwich from Mad Jacks check out the cute little shop found inside to find out what cuddles and unicorn poop smell like (hint: they are candles).
45. Go to the Cloudcroft Christmas parade and tree lighting
I literally got teary eyed because it was so endearing. Its not the biggest or most impressive parade but it's cute, and fun and definitely worth going to.
46. Walk the loop in the Scenic Park Trail (found in one of Alamogordo's City Parks off 1st Street)
I really like this park; it’s a great running loop if you are into that sort of thing.
47. Visit the grave of HAM at the Space Museum
Do you know who HAM is? Or why it's a big deal that he is buried here in Alamogordo? You can learn all about this and then visit his grave site at the Space Museum.
48. Catch a live show at Lowes
Lowes (the grocery store) regular hosts live music for you to enjoy while getting a drink or just doing your grocery shopping. Some of the artists have been pretty solid, others not as much. Still, it's free live music so that seems worth it.
49. Sit by the fireplace in Starbucks
So what if the only Starbucks in Alamogordo is in the Albertsons...at least it has a fireplace ;)
50. Get enchiladas at Amigos Bakery
Get green chile on your enchiladas, it's pretty dang delicious.
51. Try an unusual meat at the Wild Boar and Game restaurant in High Rolls
I'm not a big meat eater but maybe you are. It's a little overpriced for what you get but an experience worth having once for sure.
52. Try woodfired pizza and a flight of craft beer Cloudcroft brewing
Because I lived in Italy I'm pretty judgmental of pizzas but this one was pretty dang good! Here is a list of other good food in the area (it made the cut!)
53. Try archery and Cloudcroft Archery
A fun way to spend $25 and an hour of your life.
54. Check out the books at Imaginary Books
Finding a book store is like seeing a dinosaur. Go check it out before it goes extinct!
55. Have a drink at the Western bar
A no fuss dive bar with a rugged (but in a cool way) interior.
56. Visit the giant Alamogordo sign at McGinn’s second location
The perfect spot to take a photo that shows you were in Alamogordo.
57. Get coffee at the Worship Center
Easily the best coffee in Alamogordo, they are open before any of their services Saturday night or Sunday morning. Check here for church times.
58. Eat outside at Pizza Patio
Their pizza is ok but the patio is pleasant on a nice evening. We brought games and made and evening of it.
59. Go for a run on Scenic Drive
One of the most lovely (and popular) places to run in Alamogordo.
60. Hike Indian Wells from the Space Museum
There are hikes I like better in Alamogordo but if you're by the Space Museum this one is right there.
61. Check out the fair
A couple times a year the fair rolls into Alamogordo. It's an experience worth having.
62. Find the metal robot
It's not on a main road but it isn't too hidden. This town is small, you've got this! (Hint: it’s outside of a refrigeration store)
63. Try green chile pistachios at McGinns PistachioLand
Try all the pistachios at McGinn's PistachioLand but definitely try the green chile ones...because you're in New Mexico and that's what they do here. If you want to read more about strange green chile foods check out this post
64. Tour Heart of the Desert
This tour was informative, you really see the process that goes into selling pistachios. I thought it was interesting.
65. Take the farm tour at McGinns PistachioLand
Well worth the $2 expense (plus you get a free cookie). Check out my post about it here!!
66. Hike the Alkali Flat Trail at White Sands
At first I hated this hike because I was out of shape and walking hills of sand is hard, but then I liked it. Maybe you will just like it the whole time.
67. Buy fresh tortillas from Lowes
The most delicous of tortillas. Seriously, So good!
68. Sit the Mercury Capsule at the Space Museum
How often do you get to sit in a space craft? I'm assuming not often. So go take advantage of this free opportunity to do so.
69. Enjoy a First Friday Downtown
I’m not sure if these happen every first Friday or only during certain months but it’s something to do in Alamogordo. When I went there was a live dance performance and all the shops were having specials. It was quirky and definitely a reminder that Alamogordo is a small town.
70. Hang out by the fire at High Altitude
On a cold day in winter the fire will feel so cozy, never mind if it's in the middle of the shop.
71. Check out the crazy Christmas lights across from Alamogordo High School
The street is so obnoxious it's wonderful!
72. Get aguas frescas at Eddie's Burritos
They have lots of flavors! I really enjoyed both the lime and the mango.
73. Take a class at the Small Business Development Center
I took a class on social media and while I knew most of the information already it was fun meeting some of the small businesses in the Alamogordo/Cloudcroft area. Most classes are free, just Google the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Alamogordo.
74. Attend a full moon concert event at White Sands
When I went they had a live band which made for a fun way to spend a summer evening (bring chairs and food/drinks if you desire).
75. Get sweet potato fries at the Western bar
They are legitimately delicious sweet potato fries. Plus they are waffled, which is really the most enjoyable way to eat fries.
76. Exchange a book at the free book exchange on Burro Street in Cloudcroft
A tiny free library next to Dave's cafe on Burro Street, leave a book and take a new one home.
77. Visit the Sacramento Mountains Museum
I visited during Cloudcroft's Wine and Art festival which made it extra fun but it's a cute little museum regardless that lets you see how the buildings in Cloudcroft looked back in the day.
78. Find the giant hand, the metal robot and the soccer ball lights
Alamogordo has so many quirky “art” pieces, go make a day of trying to find as many as you can! (There is also the scrap metal road runner, the creepy apple boy, the giant heart, the largest pistachio, a random old wooden wagon and I’m sure others I can’t remember…go get ‘em!)
79. Go to the forestry building and get a map of trails in the area
The US Forestry department has an office on the West side of Alamogordo…near-ish to the movie theater. You can go here and get a map of all the trails in the area (and a permit if you want to cut down your own Christmas tree in Cloudcroft).
80. Get a happy hour margarita at Chili’s
There aren’t a lot of great places for a cocktail in Alamogordo so one of your best bets is happy hour at Chili’s. You can get a solidly decent margarita for $5 plus if you register in their rewards program you can get free chips each time you go.
81. Buy healthy foods at Natures Pantry
Natures Pantry is a little gem of a grocery store in Alamogordo. It isn’t cheap but they have lots of fun healthy foods that you can’t get anywhere else so it’s worth a visit. (You can also get lunch there, see #36)
82. Try an unusual wine at McGinns PistachioLand
Both McGinn’s PistachioLand and Heart of the Desert have free wine tasting and both have unusual wines for you to taste. However when I went McGinn’s PistachioLand had a greater variety including pistachio, fruit wines, and even a strawberry chocolate.
83. Watch the sunset at White Sands
Watching the sunset behind the Organ Mountains while sitting in the lovely White Sands is definitely an experience worth having. Don’t miss it in Alamogordo.
84. Get the bourbon bacon bread pudding at The Local
I don’t eat meat so I haven’t personally eaten this however my friends seemed to really like it. Overall this restaurant isn’t magical but if you like bacon and bread pudding it seems like a worthwhile stop. Plus, it’s in a cute old house.
85. Try on a Nasa suit at the Space Museum
Who doesn’t want to dress like an astronaut and take fun pictures? Kids of all ages can do this at the Space Museum.
86. Find (or create) random rock art on the Scenic Park Trail
While running (or walking) in this park off of first street I would regularly find random rock art sculptures. I've seen a maze, faces, and even a decorated Christmas "tree" one time. Go see what you can find and if you feel inspired create something of your own…maybe it will become another one of Alamogordo’s quirky attractions.
87. Go thrift store shopping
Why are there so many thrift stores in Alamogordo? I don’t know but if you are looking for an activity this seems like one that could keep you occupied for days.
88. Go swimming
Alamogordo is crazy hot so make a friend who has a pool. Las Ventanas has one of the nicest ones if you can find a way to make friends with someone living there.
89. Try a pistachio Tortuga at Heart of the Desert
First of all, free chocolate tastings are always a win. But also this Tortuga is delicious. Go get one.
90. Find the tiny apples on Heart of the Desert’s painted pony
This is one of those quirky tourism things that New Mexico dreamed up and I have no idea why (I’m sure you an google it and find out but I’m not that passionate) but apparently there are painted ponys all over New Mexico (I’ve seen a few in my travels). The one in front of Heart of the Desert has little hidden objects for you to try to find. If you like Where’s Waldo? you might enjoy this weird opportunity.
91. Sample tea at Old Barrel Tea Company
Located in Cloudcroft they have lots of fun teas to try. Definitely worth a visit if you are a tea drinker (or would like to be a tea drinker).
92. Get cheap wings during wing night at Buffalo Wild Wings
B Dub’s isn’t my personal favorite (I don’t love big chain restaurants) however if you are looking for cheap wings then this is your stop! They have so many options for flavors and you can get them for significantly cheaper on wing night.
93. Hike on the Rim trail
An impressively long hiking trail in Cloudcroft, you can do all of it or just a portion whatever suits your particular hiking skill level.
94. Get a quesadilla and try all of the salsas at Mi Cabanita in Cloudcroft
I was surprised by how delicious this quesadilla was (the one with avocado). Plus they have a solid salsa bar which is always a win.
95. Find Fossils
Did you know Alamogordo used to be underwater? Because of that there are tiny little sea fossils all though out the mountains that are in the city. I found lots of them while rock climbing in Marble Canyon (off of 10th street).
96. Have a picnic at White Sands
This seems like a quintessential Alamogordo experience. Sit in the weird space-aged picnic bench (that I think is designed that way to help keep sand out of your lunch) or bring a blanket and hang out right in the sand. Either way, it is an experience worth having.
97. Buy cute outdoorsy clothing at High Altitude
If you want a local shirt that is actually cute then this is your place. Plus they have lots of other nice outdoorsy clothing items.
98. Check out some quirky art galleries in Cloudcroft
I recommend “Off the Beaten Path” but Cloudcroft has a few random art galleries for you to check out.
99. Spend a Friday night at Walmart
This might be the lamest thing on this list. However, it seems to be what the whole town is doing on Friday night, so go join them!
100. Get a burrito and a beer at Lowes
If you have recently moved to Alamogordo this will probably be the number one thing recommended to you. Sadly (or maybe this is a great thing) Lowes is probably the best bar in the actual city of Alamogordo and everyone seems to love their burritos (I think they are alright). But if you haven’t done this you’ve probably not lived in Alamogordo so go get ‘em!
101. Stop by the visitors center and get more info on the happenings of Alamogordo and the surrounding areas
The visitor center (located next to the zoo) is a great place to help you get acquainted with Alamogordo. Plus they have lots of brochures and info on the surrounding areas (like El Paso and Las Cruces) a worthwhile stop if you are looking for more ideas in the Alamogordo area.
And since I promised over 101 Things to do in Alamogordo here is a list of activities I never made it to but were on my list of things I had wanted to check out:
102. Cut down your own tree in Cloudcroft
103. Play corn hole at Cloudcroft brewing
104. Practice your swing at the batting cages on 1st Street
105. Play bingo at the VFW
106. See the Pupfish play
107. Get gelato at Plateau Espresso
108. Attend fourth Friday at the zoo
109. Take a ceramics in the Granada Shopping Center
110. Ski or snowboard at Ski Cloudcroft
111. Camp in Cloudcroft
112. Camp in White Sands
113. Attend a full moon hike at White Sands
114. Listen to live music at music at Heart of the Desert
116. Check out the military museum
117. Rent an ATV in Cloudcroft
118. Try yoga in Cloudcroft
119. Tour Otero County Electric in Cloudcroft
120. Hike Dog Canyon Trail
121. Find the waterfall by the tunnel tunnel
122. Check out the Family Recreation Center
123. Take your kids to Alamo Jump
124. Enroll your kids in a gymnastics class
125. See a movie at the Flickenger Center
126. Play disc golf at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft
127. Play disc golf at Alameda Park
128. Go ice skating in Cloudcroft
129. Play video games at the pizza place on 10th street
130. See a movie in the theater
131. Skateboard at the Washington Park skate park
132. Shoot guns at the shooting range
133. Go on the La Luz pottery tour
So many activities!
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section!