Trinity Site Socomo County, NM
Impossible as it may seem, it is not impossible to stand at the spot where an atomic bomb was detonated.. Spooky yes, crazy, yes, but there is a little-known twice-a-year tour that will take you out to Trinity Site where the scientists from the Manhattan Project successfully set off the first atomic bomb. To get there you have to enter the highly restricted U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range and travel in a caravan of cars accompanied by an armed escort. The line of cars will be miles and miles long but no one is denied. The trip takes about 6 hours (be sure to have a full tank of gas; no stops) and there are hazards out there including slightly elevated radiation levels, the possibility of snakes, and the possibility of unexploded ordnance (this is an active test range). However, said the White Sands base commander: “We have travelers from as far away as Australia who travel to visit this historic landmark.” An obelisk in the middle of the desert marks ground zero.
Open to Public: first Saturday in April & October. Tours start at the Tularosa High School parking lot next to the athletic field. Be there between 6:30-7:00am. Contact the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce or visit: https://www.nps.gov/whsa/learn/historyculture/trinity-site.htm