Trinity Site

Trinity Site, Alamogordo: Address, Phone Number, Trinity Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Trinity Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
About
The exact spot where the first atomic bomb was detonated.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience similar attractions

The area
Address
Unnamed Road New Mexico United States 33.6773, -106.4753, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Popular mentions

4.5
180 reviews
Excellent
103
Very good
52
Average
19
Poor
3
Terrible
3

Peter R
7 contributions
Visit to the past
Oct 2021
We happened to be in the area when they have the site open to the public. Since it is only open one Saturday in April and one Saturday in October, we were fortunate to add it to our trip. It is very interesting to see the destructive power and after effects of it. Lots of information was available to read and ask questions since I did not know a great deal about before visiting.
Written October 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KatB92020
San Diego, CA120 contributions
Nike Hercules Missile
Jul 2021 • Friends
July 21, 2121. Pulled off the road for a photo op. on our way to White Sands National Park. Interesting exhibit and beautiful view of the mountains. Would have loved to visit the museum that was closed.
Written July 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Susan T
8 contributions
Cool history
Jun 2021
only open two times a year but really amazing to see where the a bomb was born. Manhatten Project historical site
Written June 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Andrew D
Greenwood Village, CO209 contributions
Unique Place in History
Apr 2021
For me, the best thing about this visit was getting a sense of location and orientation to nearby towns. It's not as far out of town as one might think. One of my friends asked why a person would want to visit the Trinity Site (they inferred that it sounded boring). I thought it was one of the most interesting historic sites I've visited in the United States. Highway 380 between San Antonio and Carrizozo is really beautiful and unique. This place should be on everyone's bucket list.
Written May 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

OBIDOCRL
Chattanooga, TN244 contributions
Incredible historical site only open 2 days a year
Oct 2019
Our history group had prearranged to visit the Trinity Site in advance so we would be sure to be in the area on the day it was open. It is only open 2 days per year: the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October so be sure to plan accordingly. The site is NOT in Albuquerque so don't let TripAdvisor's listing fool you. It is actually located on the White Sands Missile Range which is an active U.S. Army missile testing site. So, in order to visit, you will need to have a photo ID such as a valid driver's license or passport. Be prepared to wait awhile in your vehicle to enter the grounds as there will be lots of people there and it takes time for the security to check all people and vehicles entering.

Once you enter the site, you will park your vehicle and enter the original area where the first atomic bomb was detonated. It is about a 1/4 or more walk from the parking lot so be prepared for this as well. If you are unable to walk that far, they do have a golf cart that can give you a ride, but when we were there, there was only one or two in operation so you may have to wait awhile to get a seat on it. When you reach the main site, there is a monument and some markers describing what happened. They also have a replica of what the bomb was encased in before detonation as well as a few other items of interest associated with it.

From the parking lot, you can then ride a shuttle bus (old refitted school bus- this is the military after all) to the original McDonald farm where they did research and put the bomb together, etc. There are some displays around and inside the property and you can tour the original farmhouse where they will show you where things were kept by the physicists and others.

Some of us had a little bonus of sorts while touring the original bomb detonation site. There are some Army personnel at the site of course. We noticed one man with a colonel's insignia on his uniform. We went up to talk to him and discovered he was the base commander for White Sands Missile Range! He was just walking around talking to people at the site. Not many knew who he was. He had just taken over command a few months prior. He was a very nice gentleman and we enjoyed our chat with him.

Again, it is well worth visiting if you are in the area on one of those two days and if you have any interest in American history.
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sue H
Fort Worth, TX64 contributions
trinity site
Jan 2019
this had been on my list for several years. it was an amazing experience to know i was standing on "the spot" of such a huge event. there really is not anything to see. they do have a few pics around the fenced in area. it is not open very often. it is a very long drive from the staging area. ***i suggest you take a picnic meal with you. you are out in the middle of no where. the long drive both ways makes for a long day.
Written December 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dave H
2 contributions
Atomic History
Oct 2019
Great experience at this historic site. Well managed, food , water , vendors, souvenirs. Plenty historic photos explained site. The Army troops were courteous. Food by MWR was not over priced.
Written November 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Abbie
1 contribution
We lucked out!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We just happened to be in the area for one of the days the Trinity site was open. Such an amazing experience! Educational and would be great for kids (probably 8 and up with some interest in history).
Written November 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ianbeavis
Los Angeles, CA600 contributions
Only open first Saturday in April and October
Oct 2019 • Couples
Get there early as it gets quite a crowd. Quite a bit to see and experience in the middle of nowhere. A bucket list must see.
Written October 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SF555
San Francisco, CA37 contributions
Tips for future visitors from Albuquerque
Oct 2019 • Couples
Not going too much into why this is such a significant historical site. If you're looking this up, you already know. So I'm just going to provide some tips on the visit, especially if you're driving down from Albuquerque. Everyone tells you to go super early, I actually think it's better to go late based on my own visit on Oct 5, 2019.

Use "Stallion Range Center Access" on Google map as your destination. We started driving from Albuquerque around 9am, and got to the Stallion gate, where all the protesters are, around 10:40am. We waited in line for a little over half an hour before we passed the security check point. You must show your ID (or passports if you're a foreign visitor). From there, it's roughly another 30 minutes drive to get to the site's parking lot.

It was definitely crowded, but the crowd thinned out a bit after the caravan to Alamogordo left at 12:30pm. So I think it's better to time your arrival to be after the caravan's departure. By the time we were driving out at around 1:40pm, there were still folks coming in and there's no line and no crowd. The last bus to McDonald Ranch leaves at 2:45pm. I think there's still plenty of time to check out everything even if you arrive after 12:30pm.
Written October 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 175
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing