Trinity Site Open House Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.  Is there a fee?

A1.  No.  There is no fee to visit the Trinity Site open house.

Q2.  Are bathrooms available?

A2.  Yes.  Porta potties are available at the site.

Q3. Do they sell food items?

A3.  Food items will be sold from 8 a.m. to about 12:20 p.m.  Cash only.  Items range from $3-$5.

Q4.  Do I have to register?

A4.  No registration is required.

Q5.  Are there scheduled tours/ceremonies?

A5.  There are no scheduled tours or ceremonies.  This is a self-guided open house event.

Q6.  Can I take pictures?

A6.  Photos are allowed at Ground Zero and the McDonald ranch house.  Photography is strictly prohibited on any other part of the installation.

Q7.  What do I need to do to get on the installation?

A7.  A government-issued photo ID is required for everyone 18 years and over and proof of insurance and registration for your vehicle or rental agreement.  Please see REAL ID information for documentation to be used in lieu of or with a non-compliant state driver's license.

Q8.  Can I bring my firearm?

A8.  No weapons are allowed.  There is no place to store weapons or firearms.  Leave them at home.

Q9.  Are pets allowed?

A9.  Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed and their waste is picked up and put into a trash receptacle.  Pets are not allowed on the shuttle that takes visitors to the ranch house.

Q10. Can I ride my motorcycle?

A10. Yes, but you must wear a helmet and reflective gear.

Q11. What are the hours for the open house?

A11.  The Stallion Gate is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m. 

Q12.  How far will I have to walk?

A12.  The walk from the parking area to Ground Zero is about 1/8 of a mile.

Q13.  What is there to see?

A13.  An obelisk at Ground Zero and the McDonald ranch house which is where the plutonium core was assembled.

Q14.  Can you accommodate large vehicle (RV’s, Campers, Buses)?

A14.  Large vehicles such as recreational vehicles, campers and buses are allowed at the open house.  Ample parking is available for these types of vehicles.

Q15.  Are there any handicap restrooms?

A15.  Handicapped-accessible porta potties are available at the site.

Q16.  Are there handicap buses available to visit the McDonald Ranch House?

A16.  Unfortunately there are no handicap buses available to visit the McDonald Ranch House. However, architectural drawings and information about the ranch house are available near the loading/unloading site of the buses.

Q17.  Do you sell souvenirs/food?

A17.  Souvenirs and food are available for sale at the site.  Cash only.

Q18.  Is there a gas station nearby?

A18.  There is no gas station on the missile range.  Trinity is in a very remote location, please be sure you have a full tank of gas. We recommend filling up your tank in Socorro, Carrizozo, or Truth or Consequences depending on which direction you are traveling from.

Q19.  Is there wheelchair access?

A19.  Yes, the site is wheelchair accessible.  We also provide a golf cart to take disabled individuals to Ground Zero.  However, there are no paved roads and visitors must be prepared to travel through loose sand and rocks.

Q20.  Do I have to register for the Alamogordo caravan?

A20.  No, you do not have to register to join the caravan.   

Q21.  If I follow the caravan can I leave through the Stallion gate?

A21.  Yes, visitors who follow the caravan in their personal vehicle may exit Trinity Site through the Stallion gate.

Q22.  Where does the Alamogordo caravan meet?

A22.  Visitors who wish to ride the caravan must meet at the Tularosa High School parking lot at 7 a.m. at the Tularosa High School Athletic Field Parking Lot. A photo id will be required.

Q23.  What time does the Alamogordo caravan leave from Trinity Site?

A23.  The caravan departs from Trinity Site by 12:30. Visitors wanting to return to the caravan are asked to line up in their vehicles at least 15 minutes before departure.


Q24.  Would I be able to leave with the Alamogordo caravan if I did not arrive with them?

A24.  Yes, you are able to leave with the caravan but must meet them at 12:30.


Q25.  Can I use my GPS device for directions to the site?

A25.  Because this is a remote location do not rely on GPS for the location of Stallion Gate.  GPS is not always an accurate tool to get to the site.  Please follow the directions on the website or look at a traditional map.


Q26.  Where is nearest city with hotel accommodations?

A26.  The nearest city with hotel accommodations is Socorro, New Mexico. We recommend to book your hotel reservation several months in advance as hotels do book up during open houses.


This page was last updated on 9/10/2019 12:54 PM