White Sands Missile Range, N.M., will open Trinity Site to the public for the second of two annual open houses, Oct. 5, 2019. Trinity Site is where the world's first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945.
The open house is free and no reservations are required. At the site visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero where a small obelisk marks the exact spot where the bomb was detonated. Historical photos are mounted on the fence surrounding the area.
While at the site, visitors can also ride a missile range shuttle bus 2 miles from ground zero to the Schmidt/McDonald Ranch House. The ranch house is where the scientists assembled the plutonium core of the bomb. Visitors will also be able to experience what life was like for a ranch family in the early 1940s.
The simplest way to get to Trinity Site is to enter White Sands Missile Range through its Stallion Range Center gate. Stallion gate is 5 miles south of U.S. Highway 380. The turnoff is 12 miles east of San Antonio, N.M., and 53 miles west of Carrizozo, N.M.
The nearest city to make hotel reservations is Socorro, N.M. The Stallion Gate is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors arriving at the gate between those hours will be allowed to drive unescorted the 17 miles to Trinity Site. The road is paved and marked. The site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m.
Media who would like to visit the open house must register by calling the Public Affairs Office at 575-678-1134.
For more information on the open house please visit the Trinity Site website at: https://www.wsmr.army.mil/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx
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