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Alamogordo

With about 35,000 citizens, Alamogordo is a quiet little city. It is an ideal base for exploring many interesting places in the surroundings. You will find several inexpensive motels, campgrounds and RV parks, and rental car stations.

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Valley of Fires

The Valley of Fires Recreation area is about a two to three hour drive north of the White Sands National Monument. The dark black lava crust of this old lava flow forms a magnificient contrast to the brilliant white sand dunes of White Sands. In the fertile lava ground, a variety of different plants enrich the sight with green, colorful and odd shaped plants. The laval flow is between 1500 and 2000 years old. It is some 44 miles long with a width of 4 to 6 miles.

The recreation area offers a nature walk through the lava field, which gives you some information about geology and vegetation along the trail.

Getting there

From White Sands or Alamogordo, take U.S. Route 70 north to Tularosa. From there, take U.S. Route 54 to Carrizozo and follow the signs.

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Sunspot Solar Observatory

Among the 100 billion stars in our Milkiway galaxy, our sun, which is nothing but a star, is the closest to us. Still, it is much easier to observe all the other stars at night, which can already easily be done with binoculars. However, observing the sun is quite dangerous, and nobody should ever attempt to directly look into the sun with or without binoculars, since it would cause immediate eye damage. Having a professional sun observatory just around the corner makes it much easier. When taking the necessary precautions, such as using appropriate sun filters, the sun unveils that it is much more than just a very bright yellow ball in the sky. With a properly equipped telescope, we can observer large eruptions of gas material on the surface of the sun. Sunspots, which are darker areas on the sun's surface, can be observed with varying intensity. These spots are areas with a lower temerature compared to the regular surface temperature of approximately 5510 degrees celsius. They are caused by magnetic field lines entering or exiting the sun's surface and preventing energy from within the sun to be transported to the surface.

The Sunspot Observatory lies on the mountains south-east of Alamogordo. It has a visitor center with lots of information on the sun itself. You can take a walk on the observatory's premises and have a close look at the teleskopes and other observing equipment.

Getting there

From Alamogordo, take U.S. Route 82 east into the mountains. Once you reach Cloudcroft, take U.S. Route 130 east for a couple of miles, before taking U.S. Route 6563 all the way to the end. Finally, you will have reached the observatory after a long and curvy drive.

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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad caverns is a huge cave system at the border to Texas. It's a nice next destination when you continue your travel from Alamogordo to the east.

Getting there

Carlsbad Caverns is a several hour drive away from Alamogordo, which is too far for a day trip. From Alamogordo, take U.S. Route 82 to Artesia. From there, take U.S. Route 285 down to Carlsbad and U.S. Route 62/180 to Whites City. From there, follow the signs to the national park.

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New Mexico

Last but not least, don't forget that there are not only national parks and recreation areas, which offer nature's beaty. When driving into the hills to the east of Alamogordo along U.S. Routes 82, 70 and 380, you will discover a quiet and beatiful scenery of rolling hills and wide areas.

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