2021 Conference – Alamogordo, NM – Mon-Wed, September 26-29

For 2021, we’re reconfiguring the conference planned for 2020. So mark your calendars and stay tuned for details to come.

Sunset at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico
© William Horton

Why Alamogordo?

Frenchy’s Cabin at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park © Don Laine

Why? Mainly because it’s the closest place to some of the most scenic and fascinating destinations in southern New Mexico. We’ll photograph the glistening white gypsum sands of White Sands National Monument, explore Three Rivers Petroglyph Site with more than 21,000 ancient petroglyphs, discover the true Wild West at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and drop in to the New Mexico Museum of Space History for a glimpse of the beginnings of America’s space program. And let’s not forget the Toy Train Depot. Besides, Alamogordo is Spanish for fat cottonwood tree—a bit of trivia we all should have tucked away.
Conference information will appear in upcoming issues of Rocky Mountain Outdoors.

Trinity Site Tour First Saturday in Oct.

We hope to schedule the conference to begin just after White Sands Missile Range’s open house at Trinity Site, where the world’s first atomic bomb was tested in 1945. We won’t be going as a group, but the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce usually leads a caravan (at no charge) to the site, where you can see the Ground Zero Monument, the ranch house where the bomb was assembled, and other exhibits. The site is open to the public only two days a year – the first Saturdays of April and October.


Headquarters to be determined.