Alamogordo, New Mexico is a great place to own a dog, whether you are looking for a house dog or a working breed. Much of this area is farmland, so many residents have large dogs to help work their livestock and provide security for their homesteads. When traveling to Alamogordo, you will be immediately struck by the open air and rolling landscapes. Most people come to this town on their way to White Sands, New Mexico to visit the state park and the national monument.
Since almost every home here has a dog and/or livestock, this city is home to six veterinary clinics. The best place for dogs to enjoy quality time with you when they are not in a fenced yard is the local dog park in the northmost part of town. Oregon Avenue is a great scenic block for dog walkers looking for a calm street to explore. Most travelers stay at the Super 8 or the Fairfield Inn with their fuzzy travel companions.
If you are looking for a place to get some mutts-needed fresh air while enjoying all that the southwest has to offer, Alamogordo is a pawsome city to consider on your travels.
Alamogordo Central describes the unincorporated community of Alamogordo. This town is known for being one of the last stops as you travel to White Sands National Monument in White Sands National Park. If you are looking for a quaint farm town to stop for a stretch or even a night, Alamogordo is a great place that welcomes dog owners, from its rest stops to the local Sonic drive-in. Let your dog get her exercise at one of the many rest stops as you move through this town. Be sure to take note of the historical markers at each one to beef up your trivia skills!
At the top corner of Alamogordo is the quiet neighborhood of Sun Streets. This place would look fairly typical for the area, except for one major perk: The Bark Park. Alamogordo’s very own dog park is a great place to take the leash off and unwind with your pup doing all of the work for a change! Relax on a bench while your dog chases after Frisbees and his new furry pals. If you have an afternoon or even an hour, the Bark Park in Sun Streets is the go-to place for puppy lovers in this classic sleepy farm town.
Just south of Alamogordo, you will find the farm-rich town of Boles Acres. The rest stops along this route are worth stopping at even if you are just passing through. The view is absolutely stunning, and the clean air will do your dog a world of good. It is here you and your dog will get your first glimpses of the lightning white sand that makes the neighboring state park so famous. With the nearby White Sands Airport, expect to keep your dog on leash at busier rest areas. Make sure you keep waste bags on hand as a courtesy to campers and travelers.
Come for the rails, stay for the trails! La Luz is home to the pawmazing views of the Grand View Trail. This park was once a part of the railroad system and is now full of dog-friendly hiking trails for a variety of fitness and skills levels. Keep your best hiking harness and leash on in case the terrain takes your pup by surprise. The residential part of La Luz is mostly small farmland and homesteads. Your dog will enjoy the drive mostly for the smells of nearby farms and dairies. Make sure you bring your waste bags to help keep the trails and rest stops clean for the next pup!
Cloudcroft is one of those unique towns that sticks in your memory long after your visit. This small village is located on top of a mountain in the middle of the Lincoln National Forest just 30 minutes east of Alamogordo. Cloudcroft has a lot to offer visitors, whether you are heading to the family and dog-friendly ski resort, or just to the top of the mountain where the best tourist shops can be found. Keep a short leash as you stop at rest areas on your way up the mountain; the drops can be steep! Your dog is welcome to walk about the outdoor parts of this magnificent mountain village.