Looking for some fun day trips from Alamogordo? Here are 11 places worth checking out!
1. White Sands National Monument
If you haven’t taken advantage of living so close to White Sands National Monument you are for sure missing out. A beautiful sandy escape from the standard desert scenery. Bring a sled and a picnic and make a day of it!
2. El Paso
There aren’t too many major cities close to Alamogordo but El Paso is an easy day trip. El Paso has all of the things you’d expect from a big city (good coffee, food, and lots of activities) but manages to keep a unique vibe of it’s own: being fully Texas but right on the Mexican boarder. Definitely worth a visit! If you decide to head that way be sure to check out this post on the best things to do in El Paso. And if you a are a coffee lover make sure to check out this post for where to get coffee in El Paso.
3. Las Cruces
Las Cruces is the closest ”big” city to Alamogordo. They have regular activities, some solid breweries and several restaurants worthy of your attention. However, in my option by far the best thing you can do in Las Cruces is spend some time in the Organ Mountains. Enjoy!
4. City of Rocks State Park
While living in New Mexico I didn’t get to as many of the state parks as I would have liked however this was easily one of my favorites. As someone who loves rock climbing and weird nature this was the perfect combo of those two. There are plenty of places to climb around for people of all ages and skill types (you can even camp out there) but be sure to bring some water as it gets dang hot with little protection from the sun.
Sitting in one of our National Forests Ruidoso provides a great getaway from the heat of Alamogordo. With a fun shopping district and some solid drinking establishments Ruidoso makes a great day trip! If you would like more info on things to do in Ruidoso check out my post here. Or for where to drink local in Ruidoso be sure to check out this post.
6. Silver City/Gila National Monument
This was one of the first trips I took from Alamogordo. And while I stayed the night it could definitely be a day trip if you leave early in the morning. I love our National Park properties (you can read about my quest to visit all of them in New Mexico here) and this one is close enough that you would be missing out if you didn’t visit it. If you decide to go definitely check out this post for a guide on what to do there!
7. Smoky the Bear/Three-Rivers Petroglyphs
An easy day trip from Alamogordo is to the Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site where you can wander among the petroglyphs up close and personal. And not too far from Three Rivers Petroglyphs is the memorial of Smoky the Bear, the real life bear that inspired the famous cartoon bear. Go and pay homage to his legacy!
This weird little alien city is a relatively easy day trip from Alamogordo. If you are into the quirky then this is the perfect place to you. Plus it is very close to Bottomless Lakes State Park which is a fun way to cool off on a hot day. If you decide to head out that way check out this post for ideas on how to spend your day in Roawell!
9. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
This is an ambitious day trip but if you are up for an early morning drive this is probably the coolest place on this list. The only official National Park in New Mexico (the rest are monuments, historical sites, etc.) it is easily one of the coolest nature spots New Mexico has to offer! If you decide to make the drive check out this post for how to optimize your time there. And if you want to see how it ranks in comparison to New Mexico’s other park properties make sure to check out this post.
Did you know the National Solar Observatory is just up the road from Cloudcroft. You can go tour the facility and maybe even catch a glimpse of the sun if you are strategic with your timing (check to their Facebook page for the latest happenings). On the way up be sure to stop at Bluff Springs and even do a little hike in the area.
I’m such a fan of Cloudcroft. I find it to be so charming. This is the easiest day trip on this list (as it is the closest) and there is a surprising amount of things to do for being such a small town.
Looking for ideas right in Alamogordo. Check out this post on how to spend a weekend in Alamogordo. Or this post on where to eat in Alamogordo. Need even more? Check out this post with over 101 ideas of things to do in the area. Enjoy!
Have other great day trips that you know of from Alamogordo? Let me know in the comments section!