White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument is near Alamogordo NM. It is part of the national park system and encompasses an area of desert and gypsum dunes, the result of a dried-up lake around 10,000 years ago. Never having been in a desert until I arrived in the Southwest, this is what I presumed it would look … More White Sands National Monument

Alameda Park Zoo

Alameda Park in downtown Alamagordo, although a small zoo in a small city (with a small budget), has a nice little zoo with a geographically diverse collection of animals. Alas like so many other small zoos it uses chain-link fencing for its enclosures, which provide cheap and easy to maintain facilities, but also makes it … More Alameda Park Zoo

Space History Museum

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a gem found in Alamogordo NM, near the White Sands Missile Range. White Sands played an early role in the space program that has been mostly forgotten elsewhere, but is remembered here at the museum. From early tests of captured German V2 rockets, to the flight of … More Space History Museum

Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve is a wildlife area right in the middle of Las Vegas. Owned and managed by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the Springs provided water for the original town of Las Vegas back in 1905. Today it is a wildlife refuge, protecting 180 acres of the Mojave Desert and preserving several historic structures. … More Springs Preserve