White Sands Missile Range will open Trinity Site to the public for another open house on April 5. Trinity Site is where the world’s first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945.
The open house is free and no reservations are required. At the site visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero, where a small obelisk marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded. Historical photos are mounted on the fence surrounding the area.
Due to fiscal constraints within the Department of Defense, WSMR must reduce the frequency of the Trinity Site Open House from twice to once a year. The site will now only be open annually on the first Saturday in April.
The open house will be limited to the Ground Zero area.
As stewards of this significant historical site, WSMR officials want to ensure the public continues to have access, but must ensure that fiscal priorities are focused on the Defense test mission.
For further information, contact the WSMR Public Affairs Office at (575) 678-1134.
For more detailed information concerning Trinity Site, visit the Missile Range’s Trinity Site web pages (the only official Trinity Site website out there) by going to: www.wsmr.army.mil.
The simplest way to get to Trinity Site is to enter White Sands Missile Range through its Stallion Range Center gate on April 5. Stallion gate is 5 miles south of U.S. Highway 380. The turnoff is 12 miles east of San Antonio, N.M., and 53 miles west of Carrizozo, N.M. The Stallion gate is open during each open house from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors arriving at the gate between those hours will receive handouts and will be allowed to drive unescorted the 17 miles to Trinity Site. The road is paved and marked. The site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m.
The other way of attending the open house is to drive with the Alamogordo caravan. The caravan forms at the Tularosa High School football field parking lot and leaves at 8 a.m. It is a 75-mile drive to the site from Tularosa and there are no gasoline service stations on the route or at the site. The caravan is led by military police once it gets onto the Missile Range. It is scheduled to leave for the return trip between 12:30 and 1 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the caravan please contact the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce at 575-437-6120.
All adults must show a photo ID. All vehicles are subject to search and should be carrying proof of insurance and current registration papers. NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND.
There are no ceremonies or speakers at the site. Food and souvenirs are sold at the site (cash only). For more information, call the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office at (575) 678-1134.