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Best things to do in Los Alamos

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Top 15 things to do in Los Alamos

1. Bandelier National Monument

At Bandelier National Monument the dwellings and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo people are preserved along the Rio Grande River. At elevations between 1,500 m (5,000 ft) and 3,000 m (10,000 ft), the park has over 110 km (70 mi) of hiking trails, abundant wildlife, forests, and caves. See the remains of the houses, pottery, and the tools that the locals used. Learn about their community structure, farming practices, and trading techniques. Many trails interconnect villages of the area, as Pueblo people liked to trade, hold ceremonies, and socialize. Learn about their history and culture at the visitor center.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Bradbury Science Museum

At Bradbury Science Museum, you can witness the history of critical defense and technology research projects important to the United States. You'll be able to view life-size replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs and explore 40 interactive exhibits of the World War II Manhattan Project. Robert Krohn and Norris Bradbury founded the museum in 1953 to preserve and educate the public on the work of Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1993, the museum was moved to its current location in downtown Los Alamos. Other exhibits include displays of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, supercomputers, and high explosives.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Los Alamos History Museum

One museum in multiple buildings, the museum tells history of the people of Los Alamos, including information on the Ancestral Pueblo people, Homesteading history, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, and the Post-World War II community.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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4. White Rock Overlook Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Tsankawi

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu

Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre (85 km2) retreat and education center located close to the village of Abiquiú in Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico, United States. It was the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings.

Ghost Ranch is also known for a remarkable concentration of fossils, most notably that of the theropod dinosaur Coelophysis, of which it has been estimated that nearly a thousand individuals have been preserved in a quarry at Ghost Ranch.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo

Designated an important Catholic pilgrimage site by The Official Catholic Directory, El Santuario de Chimayo, features a 200-year-old church with a history that includes legends of miraculous occurrences. The "holy dirt" from the church is believed to have healing powers. See the 18 m (60 ft) tall church with carved wooden 19th century doors and look for a 1.8 m (6 ft) tall crucifix of Christ. About 30,000 people from across the globe visit the site every year--some of them walking long distances with the hope of receiving a blessing or fulfilling a vow.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Jemez Mountains, Jemez Springs

The Jemez Mountains or Tsąmpiye'ip'įn in Jemez/Towa are a volcanic group of mountains in Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Los Alamos counties, New Mexico, United States. The highest point in the range is Chicoma Mountain at an elevation of 11,561 feet . The town of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory adjoin the eastern side of the range while the town of Jemez Springs is to the west. Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is the only ski area in the Jemez. New Mexico State Highway 4 is the primary road that provides vehicular access to locations in the Jemez Mountains.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa, Ojo Caliente

Find serenity at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa while rejuvenating mind, body, and soul. Choose from four natural springs and many private pools to soak in, lay down for a restorative massage, or release the toxins from your skin in the mud area. There are also activities outside of the spa realm such as yoga, hiking, biking, and bird-watching. After your soothing day of tranquility, try some of the locally grown items at the spa’s restaurant--a meal here comes highly recommended.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Canyon Trail, Cochiti Pueblo

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Los Alamos Nature Center

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, Velarde

Our experienced fly fishing guides can take you to fish on all types of waters - from large rivers to high mountain spring creeks and lakes, we have them all here in Northern New Mexico. The landscape is breathtaking and extremely diverse, with everything from deserts, canyons and mountains with alpine forests to desert mesas. We have excellent fishing all year round with lots of trout to be caught. New Mexico is truly a fly fishing “Land of Enchantment”.

We will do our best to ensure that you have fun along with the chance to develop and improve your trout fishing skills. Many years of personal fly fishing and guiding experience enable us to accommodate anyone, from those who have never been fly fishing before, to accomplished anglers. We know our local waters well and do our utmost to match the best fishing spot with every individual’s desires and needs

All the fishing gear you will need (rods and reels, flies, waders, etc.) is provided on all of our guided trips. We offer transportation to and from most of the locations we go to. Day trips include great lunches, drinks and snacks. Our all inclusive packages include all meals and lodging.

Land of Enchantment Guides is permitted by the Santa Fe National Forest, the Carson National Forest, the New Mexico State Parks, the Federal Bureau of Land Management and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. All our guides are certified in CPR/AED and basic first aid and, we are fully insured.

Please look through our website and photo galleries to get a better idea of what an amazing experience fly fishing in New Mexico can be. Feel free to contact us at anytime, if you have any questions, need more information or if you would like to book a trip.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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13. Float Los Alamos

What is Floating?

At Float Los Alamos you will float on your back atop 10" of natural epsom salt. You've probably heard of epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate (please Google)The high density of salt creates a zero-gravity environment. This environment helps your body release its physical tension, aches and pains.

Floating is also good for deep relaxation, meditation and general, everyday stress relief! The sensory deprived state creates a heightened sense of awareness. No light, no sound, nothing. Just you. Let go and join us!

Introduction to floating is best experienced by having 3 proximal floats. One must get used to floating in order to reap the full benefits.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Anderson Scenic Overlook

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Ashley Pond Park

The "Friends of Ashley Pond Park" are a loose affiliation of people who take great pride in this treasure of Los Alamos New Mexico. Downtown Los Alamos is located where it is because of this wonderful geographic feature. It is our signature downtown park. We wish to maintain and protect this joyous green grass and water jewel. NO MORE BUILDINGS ON ASHLEY POND PARK.

Ashley Pond Park Renovations:



Save the Green Grass site for Park usage (not Government building usage).
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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