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Living a Outdoor Oriented Lifestyle in Alamogordo, New_Mexico

Alamagordo is a town in southern New Mexico with a population of about 35,000. Many people move here because they are interested in outdoor recreation. White Sands National Monument is nearby. Skiing is available in the area. There are nice city parks. Desert Lakes Golf Course is a city-owned golf course. The area has a very diverse economy thanks to Holloman Air Force Base, the White Sands Missile Range, and a successful economic development commission which has brought several large businesses to the area, including a casino.  Alamogordo is the county seat and economic center of Otero County. There is a surprising amount going on in Alamagordo thanks to the New Mexico Museum of Space History, a zoo, and a performing arts center. Photos of Space History Museum and the Alamagordo Zoo courtesy of Wikipedia and AllenS.

Where to Retire in Alamogordo and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community near Alamogordo (see link at top left).

Real Estate Values
The median listing price of a home was $167,495 in mid-2022, according to the

What Is Special about Alamogordo

Great climate and scenery  in southern New Mexico. Diverse and strong economy. Lower than average cost of living. White Sands National Monument and Lincoln National Forest. Close to skiing and the Mountain Gods Casino.

What Is Not Special about Alamogordo

The area is remote and it is in the desert. In 2001 there was a widely publicized book burning (Harry Potter books) so there is a conservative element present.  There are widespread reports from people who do not like living here (overpriced, boring/depressing, too dependent on the military).

Climate and Physical Environment

Alamogordo is the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert on the western flank of the Sacramento Mountains in south central New Mexico. It is located to the northeast of the popular retirement destination of Las Cruces. The average July high temperature is 93 and the average January high is 55 (the average low is 29). The wettest month is August (2").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Alamogordo has widely supported library, the Flickenger Performing Arts Center, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History.  The Rohovec Fine Arts Center on the New Mexico State University at Alamogordo campus also stages productions. There are several major festivals a year, including the White Sands Invitational Balloon Festival.  There are other museums as well.  The Alameda Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in the U.S. Southwest.


The crime rate is well below the national average in Alamogordo.

Medical Facilities

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is a private not-for-profit 99-bed general hospital that serves the Alamogordo area. There is an active Rails to Trails project.


Z-Trans is the mass transit system; Alamogordo-White Sands Municipal Airport provides general aviation and some scheduled air service; Alamogordo is above average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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