Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote, “I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs and gleams.” Yes, something certainly does, and it’s a small town in the Tularosa Basin called Alamogordo. A place where you can disappear into the landscape and reappear in a downtown setting as fast as a light switch illuminating a room in one of our Alamogordo hotels. We dare you to discover whatever it is you’re looking for. Even if it’s a part of yourself you never knew was there.
Given this town’s location on the outskirts of Lincoln National Forest, begin your journey with an amble among the dunes of White Sands National Monument, 16 miles southwest of town. The dunes rise above the desert floor like pale mountains. Get out there early enough and catch the sun as it slowly rises above the eastern horizon. You’ll feel like Luke as he gazes into the binary sunset during his waning moments on his home planet of Tatooine.
Your visions of the great beyond don’t have to stop with flashbacks from a past movie scene. Dust yourself off back at one of our hotels in Alamogordo, NM and then take a trip through the state’s history of space program at the New Mexico Space Museum. Admire a Little Joe II in the rocket garden and discover the newest inductees into the Space Hall of Fame. Can you imagine wandering wisely through the far reaches of the universe?
If you feel like breaking away from the isolation of a small desert town, slide into one of our rental cars in Alamogordo and make the 211-mile drive north to the hotels in Albuquerque. From the green and red chili peppers that accompany virtually every dish to the Sandia Peak Tramway, your getaway to “Duke City” will be one for the memory bank. But when the call of the wild begins to grow louder, the cheap hotels in Alamogordo, NM are within reach. Your heart is your GPS, follow it.