On July 16, 1945 the world changed. At 5:30 a.m. at an isolated spot on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range, the first atomic bomb was exploded.
The missile range opens Trinity Site to the public twice a year, the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October. The next Trinity Site Open House will be held on Oct. 4.
There are two ways to get into Trinity Site on Oct. 4. The most flexible is to enter the range through the Stallion Range Center gate located five 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.
The other way to attend the open house is to drive in with the caravan organized by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. The caravan forms at the Tularosa High School parking lot in Tularosa, starting at 7 a.m. and leaves at 8 a.m. It is an 85-mile drive to the site from Tularosa and there are no services on the route or at the site. The caravan is led by White Sands personnel once it gets onto the missile range. It is scheduled to leave for the return trip between 12:30 and 1 p.m.
All adults must show a photo ID when entering the missile range. All vehicles are subject to search and should be carrying proof of insurance and current registration
There are no ceremonies or speakers at the site. Food and souvenirs are sold at the site. For more information, call the White Sands Missile Range public affairs office at (575) 678-1134.