2020 Conference Cancelled

RMOWP’s 2020 conference in Alamogordo, New Mexico has been cancelled.

As of mid-June White Sands National Park is completely closed, with plans for a “phased re-opening.” However, because of limitations on group size, expected to continue for months, most of our activities would be severely curtailed.

This is the first year since RMOWP’s first conference, in Glenwood Springs in 1974, that we have not held an annual conference.

We are currently planning to hold the 2021 conference in early October, headquartering in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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.
Conference information will appear in upcoming issues of Rocky Mountain Outdoors.

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

There will be a day-and-a-half pre-conference 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 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.