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Loving, New Mexico: Project Gnome Atomic Explosion Site Team Field Report

Mobley Ranch Rd, Loving, NM
From Carlsbad, drive southeast on US Hwy 285. Before reaching Loving, turn east on Hwy 31/Potash Mines Rd. After around seven miles, turn right (east) on Hwy 128. Drive for a little over seven miles, then turn right onto CR-795/Mobley Ranch Rd. After a half-mile, CR-795/Mobley Ranch Rd forks to the right. Ignore it and continue straight ahead. After 4.5 miles a small dirt road appears on the left. Turn and drive east to the marker. NOTE: There are several side roads that are not the right route. The top of the concrete monument is just visible from the access road before you turn left on a much smaller path that goes 250 yards due east directly to the site.
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Project Gnome Atomic Explosion Site

The most accessible atomic explosion site in the U.S., but you still should plan ahead before you drive to it. On December 10, 1961, a three-kiloton bomb was exploded only 1,200 feet below the surface. Report...

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Project Gnome Atomic Explosion Site

Don't underestimate all the tip comments about a rough ride dirt road. It's 5 miles of bouncing, turning, and rut-avoiding driving to get to the monument. Take your time and you will be fine. Current GPS map apps will navigate you right to it.

[Luv2RV, 05/13/2023]
Project Gnome Atomic Explosion Site

Tried going. Confusing as to which "dirt road" on the left to take. There had been a rain and a huge hole of water. Also not sure what access road the monument is visible from. 795? Dirt road on left? A road off the dirt road on the left. It was a lot of bouncing around on a back road with no payoff. If you want to do this, have a 4-wheeler with you.

[Busted Suitcase, 06/20/2018]
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There is a gate with a Dept. of Energy sign on it, on the road leading to the monument. That makes it much easier to find.

[michelle, 12/02/2017]

"Energy" as in "atomic bomb," which is what was exploded at the Project Gnome site in 1961.

Project Gnome

The road is very very bad. A dirt road that has been washed out in places. Wouldn't recommend for a low clearance vehicle.

[GmaCandy, 06/18/2017]

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