If you’re a history buff or just looking for things to do near Las Cruces, NM this weekend, check out the Trinity Site Tour! White Sands Missile Range will open Trinity Site to the public Saturday, April 2. Trinity Site is where the world’s first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945.
The open house is free. At the site, visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero.
Once at the site, visitors also can ride a missile range shuttle bus 2 miles to the Schmidt/ McDonald ranch house. The ranch house is where scientists assembled the plutonium core of the bomb.
The recommended way to get to Trinity Site is to enter White Sands Missile Range through its Stallion Range Center gate on April 2. Stallion gate is 5 miles south of U.S. Highway 380. The turnoff is 12 miles east of San Antonio, N.M., and 53 miles west of Carrizozo, N.M. The Stallion gate is open during each open house from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site closes at 3:30 p.m.
The other way of visiting the site is to caravan from Tularosa. The caravan forms at the Tularosa High School football field parking lot and leaves at 8 a.m. It is a 75-mile drive to the site from Tularosa and there are no service stations on the route. The caravan is led by military police once it gets onto the missile range.
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