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Will be in the Alamogordo/White Sands area in late April early May. Any good CG's in the area? Ten years ago stayed at the KOA, but never again. Too much money and too much noise, IMHO.

Seems to me there was a city park with hook-ups as I passed thru town on US 70. Has anyone stayed there? If there isn't such a place, must of been anothter place [emoticon]

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Posted: 01/01/10 09:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What was the KOA is now Road Runner RV, there is also White Sands community RV, Evergreen RV, and another on the west side of town (forget the name). Just North of Alamogordo there is the Eddgington RV park, and the newsest one, Boot hill RV. There are others in the area, but those are the ones in town or closest to it.

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We stayed here for a week in July. Boot Hill
Nice place, good Wifi, enjoyed ourselves.


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You may want to consider Oliver Lee Mamorial State Park. It's south of Alamogordo and the sceanry is really beautiful. It has water and electric hook up's and the sites are pretty level. Very non commercial. We are going 2nd of April so we can go to the Trinity site which is only open 2 Saturdays per year.

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We stayed at Boot Hill October 2009. Nice large sites. Very clean park with helpful management.


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We are going 2nd of April so we can go to the Trinity site which is only open 2 Saturdays per year.


FYI: Trinity site is closer to Socorro than Alamagordo. They run a bus from Alamagordo across WS Missile Range to Trinity. It is interesting country but it is a much shorter drive from Socorro. Alamgordo Chamber of Commerce does a better job than Socorro promoting the tour. WSMR link

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You do not need to go with a group, one can just drive to the Stallion Gate which is between Carrizozo and San Antonio. "Visitors can enter through the range's Stallion Range Center which is five miles south of Highway 380. The turnoff is 12 miles east of San Antonio, N.M. , and 53 miles west of Carrizozo, N.M. The Stallion gate will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors arriving at the gate between those hours will receive handouts and will be allowed to drive unescorted the 17 miles to Trinity Site. The road is paved and marked." When we took our kids to see the site, we drove from Las Cruces to San Antonio then to the gate, etc. Socorro is about 6 to 8 miles north of San Antonio on I-25.

"On July 16, 1945 the world changed. At 5:30 a.m. at an isolated spot on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range, the first atomic bomb was exploded.

The missile range opens Trinity Site to the public twice a year, the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October." The last Trinity Site Open House was to be held on Oct. 4, 2009.

"There are two ways to get into Trinity Site. The most flexible is to enter the range through the Stallion Range Center gate located five miles south of U.S. Highway 380. The turnoff is 12 miles east of San Antonio, N.M., and 53 miles west of Carrizozo, N.M. The Stallion gate is open during each open house from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The other way to attend the open house is to drive in with the caravan organized by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. The caravan forms at the Tularosa High School parking lot in Tularosa, starting at 7 a.m. and leaves at 8 a.m. It is an 85-mile drive to the site from Tularosa and there are no services on the route or at the site. The caravan is led by White Sands personnel once it gets onto the missile range. It is scheduled to leave for the return trip between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

All adults must show a photo ID when entering the missile range. All vehicles are subject to search and should be carrying proof of insurance and current registration papers.

There are no ceremonies or speakers at the site. Food and souvenirs are sold at the site. For more information, call the White Sands Missile Range public affairs office at (575) 678-1134." Atomic Tourist Link

I believe I would stay at the BLM Campgound at Valley of Fires near Carrizozo then drive to the site. But one might save some gas money by taking the tour bus.

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RE: "Seems to me there was a city park with hook-ups as I passed thru town on US 70. Has anyone stayed there? If there isn't such a place, must of been anothter place..." They have a very nice city park, but I do not remember any RV hook-ups. They do have a very nice dump station near the park at the Chamber of Commerce building, near the toy train station area, I believe it is. They have parking on the far side of the park, near the Rail Road Tracks (not toy), but do not remember if they allow over night parking or not.

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Although the drive to Trinity from Alamogordo is much longer, Alamogordo is nearer to more points of interest than Socorro. The Trinity site only occupied about two hours of our time. White Sands was worth two dawn and one sunset visit. Then there is Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Three Rivers Pictographs, Lincoln...

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teddycp wrote:

You may want to consider Oliver Lee Mamorial State Park. It's south of Alamogordo and the sceanry is really beautiful. It has water and electric hook up's and the sites are pretty level. Very non commercial. We are going 2nd of April so we can go to the Trinity site which is only open 2 Saturdays per year.


Ditto for Oliver Lee State Park, that's where we stay when we're in the area.


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Thanks for all the great info., just what I was hoping for. Thanks for taking time to post.

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