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I lived in Alamogordo, NM as a young military spouse with two small children. Our whole family loved the area! There was plenty to do, outdoor activities, parks and recreation. Our daughter was a girl scout, our son volunteered with Animal Rescue Mission and both had many friends with opportunities to ride horses, hike, explore fossils, learn new sports and see great sites. The balloon festival in September celebrated 75 years over White Sands while we were there. The balloons went right over our house. In the heat of summer, a cool reprieve in Cloudcroft and just enough snow and cold in the winter, made it the perfect climate to raise a family in every season. I would go back again, today, if there was good civilian work available, but there isn't. The town really does exist because of the Air Force Base. The schools were great, and the infrastructure was good. The best part about the town was the friendly people of all nationalities.
A military town with a good dose of western historical culture blended in. The locals either like you or don't, there is not much grey area in this matter, so it can be hard for outsiders to land good jobs without having been established here for a while. The landscape itself is awe-inspiring whether you are out in the White Sands Desert, a National Historical Monument, or looking down upon it from Cloudcroft or the newly established monument of the Organ Mountain Range. The cost of living is low and the weather is, in general mild. I have found many people who have sold their homes in more expensive places, such as California, and moved here to retire, as their dollars will last them a much longer time. Yet I am ready to leave with my college degree and move on.
Many people find themselves residing in Alamo because of placement through the military base. I am not in the military nor have relation with it but I have made many life long friends who are. Alamogordo is a small town, farthest thing from the city life. There isn't much to do if you aren't an outdoorsy person; if you are than Alamo is your safe haven. We have the local National White Sands park which is great for sand sledding, playing games, grilling, and exploring. We also have mountains which surround the entire town, the mountains are my favorite aspect because I'm game for nature. The sunsets are irreplaceable and the people are down to earth and provide southern hospitality. It's a small town but the majority of great things with huge value come in small packages. It's all about preference and what you're into.