Trinity Site Open House

Announcement

Dates for the Trinity Site Open House are now October 15 for 2022 and April 1 for 2023. 

 

WSMR employees may not access the Trinity Site Open House through the SMR Gate since it is not considered official business. They will have to come in through the Stallion Gate or with the Alamogordo Caravan. Those attempting to use the SMR Gate will be turned away by DES at the site.

 

DATE AND TIME

Upcoming Dates: October 15, 2022 and

April 1, 2022

 

The first Saturday in April and the third Saturday October

 

Stallion Gate Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

Trinity Site prompt closure: 3:30 p.m.

 

ALAMOGORDO CARAVAN

Due to the annual increase in the number of visitors to the Trinity Site Open Houses. The Alamogordo caravan is only open to the first 125 vehicles.  The limit is necessary to maintain a safe environment enroute to Trinity Site. 

All others will have to enter the site through the Stallion Gate located off U.S. Highway 380.  The route is approximately the same time and distance as the caravan route. Directions here

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS

Members of the press who would like to cover the upcoming Trinity Site open house must register with our Public Affairs Office. 

Please click the link below to register:

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Directions

**DO NOT use GPS to get to Trinity Site use directions below**

Stallion Gate Entrance

Exit I-25 on mile marker 139 (San Antonio, N.M.) and head 12 miles east or exit U.S. Highway 54 onto U.S. Highway 380 and head west 53 miles of Carrizozo, N.M. Turn south on New Mexico State Highway 525 and head south five miles to the Stallion gate.

Alamogordo Caravan

The Alamogordo caravan is sponsored by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and leaves from the Tularosa High School football field parking lot at 8 a.m.  Turn west off Hwy. 54/70 in Tularosa at Higuero St. Proceed west to La Luz Ave. Turn right on La Luz Ave. (north) to athletic field.

In order to safely manage the vehicles, the Alamogordo caravan is only open to the first 125 vehicles. Once you are at Trinity Site you will have approximately 2.5 hours at the site before the caravan heads back to the THS football field parking lot at 12:30 p.m. If you travel with the caravan to Trinity Site you may also leave through the Stallion Gate on your own, any time before the event closes.

If you enter Trinity Site through the Stallion Gate you can exit the range with the caravan as long as the caravan doesn't exceed 125 vehicles. The estimated time it takes to travel this route is about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the number of vehicles in the caravan. There are no bathroom breaks or special stops along the route to and from Trinity Site.

For more information please contact the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce at 575-437-6120.

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FAQ

Q1. Is there a fee?

A1.  No.  There is no fee to visit the Trinity Site open house.

Q2. Are bathrooms available?

A2.  Yes.  Porta potties are available at the site.

Q3. Do they sell food items?

A3.  Food items will be sold from 8 a.m. to about 12:20 p.m.  Cash only.  Items range from $3-$5.

Q4. Do I have to register?

A4.  No, registration is not required.

Q5. Are there scheduled tours/ceremonies?

A5.  There are no scheduled tours or ceremonies.  This is a self-guided open house event.

Q6. Can I take pictures?

A6.  Photos are allowed at Ground Zero and the McDonald ranch house.  Photography is strictly prohibited on any other part of the installation.

Q7. What do I need to do to get on the installation?

A7.  A government-issued photo ID is required for everyone 18 years and over and proof of insurance and registration for your vehicle or rental agreement.  Please see REAL ID information for documentation to be used in lieu of or with a non-compliant state driver's license.

Foreign nationals must present a valid passport

Q8. Can I bring my firearm?

A8.  No weapons are allowed.  There is no place to store weapons or firearms.  Leave them at home.

Q9. Are pets allowed?

A9.  Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed and their waste is picked up and put into a trash receptacle.  Pets are not allowed on the shuttle that takes visitors to the ranch house.

Q10. Can I ride my motorcycle?

A10. Yes, but you must wear a helmet and reflective gear.

Q11. What are the hours for the open house?

A11.  The Stallion Gate is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m. 

Q12. How far will I have to walk?

A12.  The walk from the parking area to Ground Zero is about 1/8 of a mile.

Q13. What is there to see?

A13.  An obelisk at Ground Zero and the McDonald ranch house which is where the plutonium core was assembled.

Q14. Can you accommodate large vehicle (RV’s, Campers, Buses)?

A14.  Large vehicles such as recreational vehicles, campers and buses are allowed at the open house.  Ample parking is available for these types of vehicles.

Q15. Are there any handicap restrooms?

A15.  Handicapped-accessible porta potties are available at the site.

Q16. Are there handicap buses available to visit the McDonald Ranch House?

A16.  Unfortunately there are no handicap buses available to visit the McDonald Ranch House. However, architectural drawings and information about the ranch house are available near the entrance to ground zero.

Q17. Do you sell souvenirs/food?

A17.  Souvenirs and food are available for sale at the site.  Cash only.

Q18. Is there a gas station nearby?

A18.  There is no gas station on the missile range.  Trinity is in a very remote location, please be sure you have a full tank of gas. We recommend filling up your tank in Socorro, Carrizozo, or Truth or Consequences depending on which direction you are traveling from.

Q19. Is there wheelchair access?

A19.  Yes, the site is wheelchair accessible.  We also provide a golf cart to take disabled individuals to Ground Zero.  However, there are no paved roads and visitors must be prepared to travel through loose sand and rocks.

Q20. Do I have to register for the Alamogordo caravan?

A20.  No, you do not have to register to join the caravan.  However, the caravan is limited to the first 125 vehicles.  All others will have to enter the site through the Stallion Gate located off U.S. Highway 380. 

Q21. If I follow the caravan can I leave through the Stallion gate?

A21.  Yes, visitors who follow the caravan may exit Trinity Site through the Stallion gate.

Q22. Where does the Alamogordo caravan meet?

A22.  Visitors who wish to ride the caravan must meet at 7 a.m. at the Tularosa High School Athletic Field Parking Lot. A photo id will be required.  The caravan is limited to the first 125 vehicles.  All others will have to enter the site through the Stallion Gate located off U.S. Highway 380.

Q23. What time does the Alamogordo caravan leave from Trinity Site?

A23.  The caravan departs from Trinity Site by 12:30 p.m. Visitors wanting to return to the caravan are asked to line up in their vehicles at least 15 minutes before departure. The caravan is limited to the first 125 vehicles.  All others will have to exit the site through the Stallion Gate located off U.S. Highway 380.  See Directions for more information.

Q24. Would I be able to leave with the Alamogordo caravan if I did not arrive with them?

A24.  Yes, you are able to leave with the caravan.  The caravan leaves promptly at 12:30 p.m. from the Trinity Site parking lot.  The caravan is limited to the first 125 vehicles.  All others will have to exit the site through the Stallion Gate located off U.S. Highway 380. 

Q25. Can I use my GPS device for directions to the site?

A25.  Because this is a remote location do not rely on GPS for the location of Stallion Gate.  GPS is not always an accurate tool to get to the site.  Please follow the directions on the website or look at a traditional map.

Q26. Where is nearest city with hotel accommodations?

A26.  The nearest city with hotel accommodations is Socorro, New Mexico. We recommend to book your hotel reservation several months in advance as hotels do book up during open houses.

Q27. Is it harmful to visit Trinity due to radiation?

Radiation levels in the fenced, ground zero area are low. On an average the levels are only 10 times greater than the region´s natural background radiation. A one-hour visit to the inner fenced area will result in a whole body exposure of one-half to one millirem.

Typical radiation exposures for Americans per the American Nuclear Society

  • One hour at Trinity Site ground zero = one half mrem
  • Radioactivity from air, water and food = about 240 mrem per year

Q28. Is marijuana allowed on the installation?

Marijuana (in any form) is not allowed on this installation.

21 U.S.C § 841 and 21 U.S.C § 844

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