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What really happened in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947? That’s a well-kept secret. Perhaps a better-kept secret lies 100 miles west. It’s the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Yes, it’s in the high desert. Alamogordo lies at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, providing our city a healthy, spring-fed source of water.
With a wonderfully mild climate, there’s never any concern about pesky things like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes (click to see Siesmic Statistics-USGS) or heating oil. The climate allows you to take
advantage of every possible outdoor
activity — with the possible exception of surfing. Variety? Golf, horseback riding,
big game hunting, bicycling, tennis,
swimming, fishing, roller hockey,
outstanding hiking and even hang gliding are among the ways to get your heart rate up in Alamogordo. And there are few experiences in the world like watching the full moon rise while you’re surrounded by the ethereal dunes at Alamogordo’s White Sands National Monument.

Educational opportunities abound at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, as well as several post-graduate programs available at Holloman Air Force Base. New Mexico State University in Las Cruces is 70 miles away, and the University of Texas-El Paso is 90 miles away.
Arts and culture are available at Alamogordo’s award-winning Flickinger Center, or in 45 minutes at the world-class Spencer Theater near Ruidoso.
Ruidoso is also home to Sierra Blanca, which features snow skiing and snowboarding — the area’s closest thing to surfing. Nearby is Ruidoso Downs horse racing track and Billy the Kid Casino, plus the Inn of the Mountain Gods, with big payouts at Casino Apache, run by the Mescalero Apache tribe.

Sports fans will find minor league baseball about an hour away at the home of the El Paso Diablos. UTEP’s Miners and New Mexico State University’s Aggies provide exciting NCAA Division I football and basketball.

All within a half-day’s drive are travel adventures to Albuquerque, Silver City, Roswell, Santa Fe and Taos. Visit relatively recent lava flows an hour north of Alamogordo, or sample and compare the pride of New Mexico cuisine — the green chile cheeseburger.
Visit Tucson, Arizona, and Lubbock, Texas. Or dip just south of El Paso for international adventure in Juarez, Mexico.
So whether it’s golfing one of the
highest-altitude courses in the nation (at Cloudcroft’s Lodge resort), taking in the latest IMAX film at the International Space Hall of Fame, or even spending an afternoon at the Alameda Park Zoo, there’s a lot more to Alamogordo than you’ll find in the official government documents.

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