Despite a dearth of amenities, Alamogordo (Spanish for 'fat cottonwood tree') is the center of an important space and atomic research program. While it's the closest base for visiting White Sands, if you don't mind the extra miles on the odometer, neighboring Cloudcroft is a much more soulful place to lay your head. You can also check out two tiny towns nearby: the art outpost of La Luz and pretty little Tularosa.
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