Fun Things to do in Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, and Otero County

April 6, 2015

"cloudcroft railroad" vacation trails Cloudcroft "new mexico"Every September visitors flock to Alamogordo for the fantastic balloon festival. But Alamogordo and Otero County have fun activities going on all year round. This spring you can enjoy nature, hiking the trails of the Lincoln National Forest and the Cloud Climbing Rail Trail.

Here are a few of our favorite local attractions:

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

Visit the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is to see some of most interesting rock art and concentrations of petroglyphs in the Southwest. In addition to numerous geometric and abstract designs, you will see more than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants. The site covers over 50 acres of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.

The Toy Train Depot

Toy train enthusiasts will love a visit to the Toy Train Depot in Alamogordo, You can see a collection of hundreds of model and toy trains on display in the 100-year-old depot. The exhibit includes a 1,000 square foot HO layout representing 1940′s era Alamogordo, NM. The Toy Train Depot also has the smallest scaled working train in the world. Don’t forget to take a ride on the small-scale train circling Alameda Park. The train departs the depot every 30 minutes.

New Mexico Museum of Space History

The Museum of Space History has a variety of space exploration related exhibitions such as the rocket experiments near Roswell and a mock-up of the International Space Station.There is alsoo the International Space Hall of Fame, the John P. Stapp Air & Space Park, the Daisy Track, which commemorates some of NASA’s Project Mercury aeromedical space tests.

You can tour a model of the 2001 space and see a collection of historic space items, including the Sonic Wind I rocket sled. And watch nature related films on a 40-foot wrap-around Omni Max system at the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theater and Planetarium.

"white sands" national monumentWhite Sands National Monument

Located at the northern end of the Chihuahua Desert, the White Sands National Monument is one of the world’s great natural wonders and one of New Mexico’s best National Monument at-tractions. The glowing dunes cover almost 300 square miles of desert, making White Sands Na-tional Monument the world’s largest gypsum dune field.

Other Local Events and Activities

Lincoln National Forest

Gillespie Ranch

• PistachioLand

Whether you are on vacation or you live here, take advantage of the local events and attraction and enjoy all that Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, and Otero County have to offer.