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Heart of the Desert

#4 of 18 things to do in Alamogordo Features Animals
7288 Highway 54 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310-9141
+1 575-434-0035
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Pleasant little gem in the desert

The atmosphere is very welcoming and the employees are friendly and helpful. My wife and I were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
afcombatwxman2002
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Abilene, Texas
Unexpected treat

We are two seniors who enjoy doing unusual activities. We were pleased with an excellent tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
nship
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Know your farmer, know your food! Ever wonder what a super food is? Do you know the climate of Alamogordo is identical to Iran? Eagle Ranch is a self contained agribusiness which means that everything that is done to the crop, from start to finish, is done right here on the premises. Our most popular attraction, the FREE farm tour, offers visitors a behind the scenes look at harvesting and processing pistachios while providing unusual and little known facts about one of America's favorite snacks. The tour takes about forty-five minutes. You will visit the field, the processing plant, the salting and roasting facility, as well as our packaging and shipping departments. It's a walking tour with wheelchair accessibility. Don't forget to leave plenty of time to visit our gift shop. We offer FREE samples of our pistachio products and candies, as well as our award winning wines. Enjoy a glass of wine or pistachio ice cream on The Grove Patio overlooking the pistachio trees. The Grove Patio is even available for private events. Free Tours Daily June - August: Monday through Friday, twice a day at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM September - May: Monday through Friday at 1:30 PM Groups: We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 or more by appointment. Buses Welcome!
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7288 Highway 54 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310-9141
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere is very welcoming and the employees are friendly and helpful. My wife and I were the only two for the afternoon tour as we came in the afternoon, but that did not dissuade Stephanie from providing a very thorough and personable experience for...More

Thank afcombatwxman2002
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and kind words. So glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour and were able to try some pistachios and wine.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are two seniors who enjoy doing unusual activities. We were pleased with an excellent tour given by Carolyn. Very informative. We also sampled pistachios and wine. The gift shop was pretty and we bought a couple of lovely items. No pressure.

Thank nship
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and for sharing your experience with Carolyn. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and tour!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although this is a similar experience to McGinn's, this place has a nice bar where you can taste wine, but we chose to purchase a couple of New Mexico beers to drink out back on their nice patio. Their pistachio tasting is more controlled than...More

Thank newmexicoonline
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank your for your review and recommendation. We will definitely look into carrying some sandwiches. Did you notice that we do sell cheese, meats and crackers to enjoy your beverage with? Regarding weddings, we actually have a space in the back of the house for...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017

We were their first customers of the day and they were warm and welcoming. The facility was sparkling clean and the personnel were very helpful, both in the nut room and the wine tasting room. It was refreshing to be able to taste without pay...More

Thank Bruce P
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thank you for your review. Good to hear you were welcomed and enjoyed the complimentary tastings. Thank you for helping to support the operation!! We sincerely hope everyone enjoys their purchases.

Reviewed 20 June 2017

If you love Pistachios and also enjoy a glass of wine.... this is your place. Convenient locations and great service.... p.s. you can sample the various Pistachios prior to purchasing.... and some great flavors!

Thank Nancy H
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Pistachio and wine sampling is always encouraged so you are happy with your purchase.

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We have now been to Heart of the Desert twice. There is a shop offering a variety of excellent pistachio products. My wife loved the white chocolate pistachio ice cream. They offer a variety of wines, which you can sample before buying. I recommend taking...More

Thank Josiah3
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thank you for your review and kind words. That white chocolate pistachio ice cream is addictive. It's also good to hear that April gave you a great tour!

Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

I felt this place was very commercialized compared to McGinn's up the street. Overall, we were kind of disappointed. The employees that work there seemed rather abrupt and dismissive. We had to rearrange our day so that we could take the tour since they only...More

1  Thank Phillitravels
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. In comparing your reviews of the two facilities, we are a bit confused as you said you didn’t come to Heart of the Desert in the McGinn’s post. It’s also interesting that you found our...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We had spent the morning in White Sands and stopped in here for pistachio ice cream. We ended up tasting some wine and several different pistachios varieties and treats and went home with a bottle of wine, a bag of green chilies pistachios and some...More

Thank annettep937
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thank you for your review. Glad you were able to stop in and enjoy some of our goodies and take some home for later. That ice cream is so good!!

Reviewed 31 May 2017

What a hidden gem. Be sure to stop and take the tour of the pistachios. Of course you will need to sample the wine. We bought both the wine and pistachios. It is also good to know that they offer gift baskets so we can...More

Thank Tami V
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you for your review! Glad you found the gift baskets. They really do make great gifts and we ship for you, too. Sounds like you were able to enjoy a bit of everything we offer. Thanks for stopping in!

Reviewed 26 May 2017

We enjoyed the tour. It was fun to have the wine sampling and then we had ice cream on their wonderful deck. It overlooked the orchard. Lots of pistachio things to buy in the store.

Thank Kay B
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you for the great review! What better place to enjoy some ice cream...on The Patio looking out at the pistachio trees?!?! Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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colibris35
8 July 2017|
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Response from HODAlamogordo | Property representative |
We give in-depth tours which include processing the nuts, and salting/roasting them. The staff in the processing building and salt/roast are off on the weekends. We do have a video which shows those processes, as well as... More
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tjk1025
6 June 2017|
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Response from HODAlamogordo | Property representative |
Free Tours Daily: June – August: Monday through Friday, twice a day at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM September - May: Monday through Friday at 1:30 PM
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