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4:34 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

Trinity Site Open House

Las Cruces – White Sands Missile Range will open Trinity Site to the public for an open house Saturday.

Trinity Site is where the world's first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945.

The open house Saturday is free.

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 exploded.

Once at the site, visitors also can ride a missile range shuttle bus two
miles to the Schmidt/McDonald ranch house.

The ranch house is where the scientists assembled the plutonium core of the bomb.

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 and the gate is open during from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site closes at 3:30.

Visitors arriving at the gate before 2 p.m will receive handouts and will be allowed to drive 17 miles to Trinity Site. All adults must show a photo ID. All vehicles are subject to search and should be carrying proof of insurance and current registration papers.

No weapons of any kind are allowed.