Annual Conference

RMOWP’s 47th annual conference is scheduled in Alamogordo, New Mexico in early October. However, as we are all very much aware, the Coronavirus pandemic remains active, causing many events to be canceled or postponed.

At this time, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers is taking a wait-and-see position on our October conference.

We hope that you will keep the conference in your plans and on your calendar, but recommend not making any non-refundable travel or lodging arrangements. We’ll let you know sometime this summer whether the Alamogordo conference will take place as scheduled this year.

Presently the 2020 conference of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers is scheduled October 5 to 8, headquartering in Alamogordo, New Mexico. That’s Monday through Thursday night. Click here for the current tentative schedule.

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 (see the photo on page 5), 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.
More conference information is in the May-June 2020 issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors.

Day-and-a-half pre-conference Photography Workshop Announced

There will be a day-and-a-half pre-conference (Sunday-Monday, October 4-5) photography workshop, somewhat similar to the one we offered at the Silver City conference back in 2005 (for those of you who can remember back that far). Click here for details.

Trinity Site Tour Saturday Oct. 3

We’ve deliberately scheduled 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 leads a caravan (at no charge) to the site, where we’ll 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

Headquarters will be the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (hiealamogordo.com), which has an attractive meeting room. Located on the south side of town at 100 Kerry Avenue, it is offering a group lodging rate of $135 plus tax for one or two people, which includes a full hot breakfast.