Just west of town lies Holloman Air Force Base, the area's largest employer. The Space Center is an outstanding museum depicting the history of space flight, with many revolving and permanent exhibits inside and outside. The Planetarium is part of the Space Center, with daily IMAX shows.
Alamogordo has the oldest zoo in the Southwest and one of the oldest in the nation, small but beautiful. Emphasis is on fauna of southwest. The Historical Society Museum has an interesting collection of artifacts and local photographs. White Sands National Monument has the world's largest deposit of gypsum with huge dunes to slide down or to explore.
Many people visit the Mescalero Apache Reservation, home to the Mescalero Apaches. The area includes a Cultural Center and be sure to visit St. Joseph's Mission Cathedral.
Three Rivers Petroglyphs, Native art on stone from the 900AD to 1200 AD period is nearby. The Three Rivers Petroglyph site reveals the carvings of over 21,000 petroglyphs created by the Jornada Mogollon people between 900 and 1400 AD. The sheer number of glyphs along the Tularosa Basins basaltic ridge makes this site one of the largest and most profound in the Southwest.