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Trinity Site, Albuquerque

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  • This site is open to the public two times a year. It is south of Albuquerque just east of Soccoro, New Mexico. A very popular place when it is open to the public. Go early. You can actually walk right...  more »
  • We actually stumbled upon the Trinity Site on a road trip as we were making our way East from San Antonio - just so happens we drove by on one of the 2 days it is open to the public annually! What a n...  more »
  • A group of us visited the site during one of the only two times a year it is open to the public. We took along a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb who was the only survivor in his school, and family. Ver...  more »
  • In the 70’s I walked on the site and all over the ground were these clear green glass pebbles that had a high pitched noise when standing on a pile crinkling them under foot. The glass was the color of a seven up bottle but the weight of the glass was really light weight smooth and really contoured similar to the bean in Chicago in shape, but about an inch in size. I Stuck a few in my pocket after biting on one. Lost them years later and now realize they must be really radio active. The Weight of the glass pieces which was I presume was a grain of sand before the blast reminded me of a popcorn kernel before and after it’s popped, lighter and bigger then it was. The high pitch crinkle noise the pieces made when rubbing together was very unique!
  • A must-go-to place for any atomic tourist, WWII history buff or anyone who happens to be passing through on the right day (first weekend in April and October. There's no radiation danger from visiting for a few hours (unless you ate some dirt or something, maybe). Seventy years after the blast, I wasn't able to find anything over normal background radiation except inside the inner fence, and even then, its nothing to worry about in the short term. I found one hot spot about a hundred feet northwest of the ground zero obelisk that was 1.5 uSv/hr. That's about six times what I measured at home in my bedroom in Southern Colorado. Definitely above normal, but really no more dangerous than eating a few bananas.
  • How cool to stand directly on top of where the first A Bomb was dropped . Only open two days a year to the public. Historic and educational
  • The Atomic Age started here! Viewing Trinity Site today may not invoke much awe and wonder - it now has a few structures in the parking lot by Jumbo - but it is definitely a place to visit for science geeks. During the two times a year it is open, a caravan stretches from Highway 380 to the McDonald Ranch, over to Trinity Site parking lot. From the lot, you'll see Jumbo, a large steel encasement vessel that would have (hopefully) contained the dud gadget if it did not explode. There's a short (1/4-mile) walk from the parking to the stone obelisk that holds the plaque. Under a structure, there's remnants of one of the tower footings that melted after the blast. Historical photos of Trinity may invoke more wonder and excitement, but there's nothing better than touring the land under the blue NM skies.
  • Great history about the beginning of our nuclear weapons program. It's only open twice a year (October and April), but go when you get a chance!

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