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 Park 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 Park, 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. Plus, 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.

Those of you who want to explore more of the area might want to stay after conference and take advantage of the White Sands Missile Range’s autumn open house at Trinity Site, where the world’s first atomic bomb was tested in 1945. 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

Headquarters for the conference will be the Holiday Inn Express in Alamogordo, New Mexico, with a group rate of about $140 per night plus tax and includes breakfast and an afternoon snack.