5 Best Things To Do in Los Alamos New Mexico – A Visitor’s Checklist!
Located to the northwest of the capital of Santa Fe, the things to do in Los Alamos aren’t extensive, but what is there is certainly worth a look. Making for a great day trip from Santa Fe, or as a destination unto itself, here are 5 things you won’t want to miss in this desert town.
1. One of the most incredible things to do in Los Alamos is the Bandelier National Monument, founded in 1916 to protect the ancestral Pueblo architectural sites. Fifty square miles of wilderness and beautiful architectural marvels await in this place that boast more than 70 miles of walking trails that take you through cave dwellings, kivas, and petroglyphs. Many different tours are available that take you throughout the breathtaking scenery in the Jemez Mountains. The park boasts a full one mile elevation change and is part of the Pajarito Plateau.
2. The Don Quixote Distillery and Winery is one of those out of the way places to visit in New Mexico that is well worth the trip. Here you can partake in three hour wine tastings with appropriate food pairings as you learn the history of the wine making and distillery process. There is also information on what you are tasting and the history of the local wines and spirits of the region.
3. The Bradbury Science Museum offers visitors some insight into the American nuclear program and has three separate galleries of information: the Defense, the History and the Research galleries. Each gallery is chock full of newspaper articles, artifacts, films and information about radiation, nuclear bombs, what we are doing to maintain our aging collection of nuclear weapons. Also included is what radiation can do for good in the field of medicine as well as hands-on learning opportunities.
4. If you are looking for more history, this next thing to do in Los Alamos is for you: The Los Alamos Historical Museum. This free museum isn’t large by any means, but it traces the history of the town from before, during and after the Manhattan Project. Learn how ordinary people felt about the testing and experiments being done near their homes and see artifacts and memorabilia all in this fascinating museum.
5. Tsankawi is like the Bandelier National Monument but more out of the way and ‘natural’. Follow the trail to the top of the mesa and take in the unexcavated area, the caves, the ruins and the petroglyphs that look like no one has been there before. Less crowded than its popular counterpart, this is one of the things to do in Los Alamos for the more experienced hiker or those who don’t mind trying something different.
If you are planning on staying in the area for a few days, Los Alamos hotels are at the ready, or there are alternately, places to camp as well. While in town, stay awhile and check out some of the Los Alamos restaurants that dot the town, as you ponder that next set of things to do in Los Alamos.