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“Worth the Trip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Trinity Site

Trinity Site
Ranked #43 of 217 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: The exact spot where the first atomic bomb was detonated.
Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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“Worth the Trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

It's in the middle of nowhere, but it's worth spending a day to come out and see this historic site. The 2014 open house had a pretty good turn out and it was actually crowded! The Park Service sets up a stand to sell books, post cards etc and the Army public affairs provides drinking water, but be sure to bring your own snacks!

Visited April 2014
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Trinity Site open to the public only on the first Saturday in April”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a correction of my previous post regarding Trinity Site which we tried to visit in Oct. 2013 but because of cut backs, the site is no longer open to the public on the first Saturdays in April and October.

You can visit the site on the first Saturday in April in one of two ways. You can drive to it on your own from the north from San Antonio, NM going to the Stallion gate at White Sands Missile Range. The gate is open for entry from 8 AM to 2 PM that day--Trinity Site closes at 3:30 PM. The other way is to join a caravan of cars leaving from Alamogordo, NM at 8 AM. for the trip to Trinity Site.

There are a number of websites where you can get information, such as the Socorro C of C and the Alamogordo C of C. This is an important part of our history--go it you have the opportunity.

Visited October 2013
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Bummer!! Trinity Site now only open once a year, in May”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We planned our trip to NM this year around the first Saturday in October mainly to go to this historic site. A few weeks before, there was a note on the website that the site would only be open once a year from now on, in May. We had planned to drive from Socorro south to the Stallion gate at White Sands Missle Range--the Socorro Chamber of Commerce supplied excellent information and directions. We did drive to the gate to take pictures but will have to wait until May 2014 to visit.

Visited October 2013
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Las Cruces
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“Not much to see, but still worth the visit for the history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I'm talking specifically here about the Trinity Site, which is on the White Sands Missile Range property and which was where the first atomic bomb was successfully tested in 1945.

Their normal schedule was to be open to the public twice per year, on the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October. As of this writing, though, news reports in the local paper say that the federal budget reductions known as "sequestration" were going to cause the missile range to open the site only in April, so there apparently will be no access this coming October 2013.

Given that this was the site where a big bomb was exploded, it's not surprising to see that there isn't much left to see, physically. There are two approaches to the site when it's open to the public, and we visited in October 2012 from the northern approach. Once off the public highway and onto missile range property, it's a 17-mile drive to the site. Once there, there is a large parking lot and then about a 1/4 mile walk to the site of the bomb detonation itself. All that's left there from 1945 is a single small piece of metal buried in the ground that was part of the structure that held the bomb. Everything else there, and there isn't much else there, is a re-creation.

It's a fenced-in area maybe 150 or 200 yards in diameter, and you can walk up to the fence and look at several photos of from the test era. But that's about it for the site itself.

At the edge of the parking area is the shell of a bomb that was not used and left there all these years. You can walk through it. There are also a couple of souvenir stands.

Also available for viewing is the farmhouse that was commandeered and used by the workers as a headquarters and living quarters. It survived the blast. It's about two miles from the parking lot, and you must take a shuttle bus to get there. Once there, again, there isn't much to see from back in the day. You can walk through the bare rooms, and few displays have been erected to make your visit worth the trouble.

Having said all of this, I still recommend a visit, at least once, for the history. As you stand there looking out over the countryside and mountains, you think back to that time and what it all meant.

When you go, expect crowds. People came from all over, and there were many tour buses with scout troops, church groups, and many more, plus many private vehicles. But they're set up to handle it all, and even the shuttle buses to the farmhouse ran frequently enough to move the lines along quickly.

Visited October 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Blast from the Past (Literally)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

I am a nuclear engineer and was very excited to see the Trinity site because of its historical significance. This is a free event that takes place twice a year, the first weekends in November and April. If you are in NM or happen to be visiting at the time, I suggest you go. It may be out of the way from mostly everything, but it is totally worth seeing. The monument is neat but nothing extraordinary to behold, same with the giant steel cast and the replica Fat Man, but the fact that you are standing where the first atomic bomb was ever exploded is truly spectacular. To think that you can stand in the same spot where arguably the most important historical event in the last century (probably one of the most important historical events in the history of humanity) occured is a trip to say the least. The army guys who operate the thing are friendly and will take you on bus rides to see other parts of the Trinity site, and there are volunteers from the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History who are very informative. Also, there are other informed people who come with their Geiger counters and moniter the radiation levels (which are nominal). On that note, please ignore a previous reviewer who said the trinitite is dangerous. Unless you ingest or inhale large amounts of trinitite, you are in absolutely no danger of experiencing negative effects from the radiation in the area. The trinitite is cool to see, and please do not take it out of the area!

The Trinity Site gets 4 stars instead of 5 simply because it is literally in the middle of nowhere. There is absolutely nothing to do in the area, which is the reason why there is a proving ground out there. When I went there were nifty T-Shirts and other trinkets, National Park Service rangers, and food vendors.

Visited April 2013
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