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Getaway to White Sands Missile Range
October 5 - 7

The main tour of this site is only open to the public twice a year.


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FRIDAY – October 5th:

You need to arrive at the Alamogordo Regional Municipal Airport (KALM) in New Mexico around noon. There are no landing or tie-down fees, provided you buy fuel. It has been arranged with Enterprise Car Rental to drop off a couple of rental cars for us to caravan around for the weekend.

Once everyone’s arrived, we’ll be off to Pistachio Land which is home of the World's Largest Pistachio, McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch, McGinn's Country Store, and the Arena Blanca Winery. The McGinn family grows the best selection of award winning pistachio nuts on their family's 111 acre farm. They also make fabulous wines from their vineyards. They KNOW they're the best because they grow them, package them, make candy with them... everything from the ground to the final packaged product and they guarantee you will find these Pistachios and Wines to be the best anywhere!

The vineyard wine is produced by Tim McGinn, their winemaker. The APA has been offered a private motorized tour of their orchards and vineyards where they will tell us about their family farm history, pistachio and grape growing, harvesting and the story behind the World's Largest Pistachio.

After our tour, let’s go get a bite to eat at the famous Rockin' BZ Burgers. Rockin BZ Burgers serves a never frozen, hand-made, high quality ground chuck angus patty on a made fresh daily potato bun. They offer special toppings such as fried egg, pineapple, sautéed mushrooms, green chili, sauerkraut, and much more including all the usual condiments. You can build your own burger and they’ll make it custom, just how you like it.

Saturday will start early, so off we go to the White Sands Motel. This motel is Alamogordo’s only AAA approved, independent motel. Even with their recent renovations, this immaculate facility still has low rates, friendly staff, and is within walking distance of major restaurants. They’ve even booked us on the “mountain view” side of the motel. This is a convenient motel for our fly-in as it is only 4 miles from the Space Museum and 12 miles from the White Sands National Monument.


SATURDAY – October 6th:


Today starts early. We need to get ourselves to the Space Museum for a quick breakfast and to the chartered bus for a guided tour at the popular Trinity Site. It’s the site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb in 1945 and is located within the White Sands Missile Range. The scenery is wonderful, as the area has not been grazed since 1945. There are great views of the low Oscura Mountains to the east. The Little Burro Mountains are visible to the southeast of the tour route and the Mockingbird Mountains are south. The southern-most road is the northern perimeter of the White Sands Missile Range which starts and ends in Tularosa, where our chartered bus and guided tour begins.


For those of you not familiar with the missile range, the


White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is a United States Army military testing area of almost 3,200 square miles, in parts of five counties in southern New Mexico. The largest military installation in the United States, WSMR and the 600,000 acre McGregor Range Complex at Fort Bliss to the south (southeast Tularosa Basin) and on Otero Mesa are contiguous areas for military testing. On 9 July 1945, the White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long range rockets. Just seven days later, the first atomic bomb test, code named Trinity, was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range.



The tour includes making a side trip to the McDonald ranch, where the first A-bomb was assembled.

After our tour of the White Sands Missile Range and Trinity Site we will receive another guided tour at

The Museum of Space History. Which contains exhibitions ranging from Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near Roswell to a mock-up of the International Space Station.

  • The International Space Hall of Fame. Commemorates the achievements of men and women who have furthered humanity's exploration of space.
  • The John P. Stapp Air & Space Park. Displays larger exhibits, such as the Apollo program's Little Joe II rocket and the rocket sled that "Fastest Man Alive" Stapp rode to 632 mph.
  • Daisy Track. Commemorates aeromedical and space related tests which were crucial in developing components for NASA's Project Mercury orbital flights and the Project Apollo moon landings.
  • The Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center.  Home to the museum’s Education programs, the Center includes classrooms for on-site group and summer camp programs, the education and marketing offices, and the New Horizons Theater. The extra wide hallways at the Center showcase the Smithsonian exhibit Earth from Space and, in the lobby, the interactive exhibit Magic Planet.
  • The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium. Named for the spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015, it is the first dome theater in the world to feature the Spitz SciDome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium system. The theater offers giant screen films, full dome digital planetarium shows and live star talks.
  • Astronaut Memorial Garden. A tribute to the Apollo 1 and Space Shuttle Challenger & Columbia astronauts.
  • The Hubbard Space Science Research Building. Home to the Museum's new archives and library and Curatorial Department. Researchers and students will find an academic-based collection of New Mexico space history, Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range information and photos, as well as NASA publications, photos, and collections. In addition, the building houses the museum’s small artifacts and collections.

The Museum Support Center. The facility where Museum employees and volunteers conserve and restore the many large artifacts exhibited at the Museum.


After the long day, how about a relaxing meal and some conversation at Rizo’s Authentic Mexican Food? Rizo’s has  been touted as the best Mexican restaurant in town. The menu includes Street tacos, Sopes, Huraches, Enchiladas, Tortas, Flautas, Fajitas, Chimichangas, Nachos…. All reasonably priced and served up by friendly staff. There’s even menudo on Saturday & Sunday, for those who can handle it! 


SUNDAY – October 7th:

Hate to say it, but we have to go back to the present… The motel has coffee makers, microwaves, and fridges. We can stock up on anything you might want to munch on at the nearby market.

The cars don’t have to be back until noon… Maybe later, as no one picks them up on Sunday. We could just do a wander around town.

Hope to see you there! Let me know A.S.A.P. if you’re interested. This is a pretty reasonable weekend. ALL of the above will run less than $500 for TWO people for the weekend! Contact me for the breakdown etc.

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