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Heart of the Desert

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7288 Highway 54 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310-9141
+1 575-434-0035
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Debbie G
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Port Hueneme, California
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Very Informative Pistachio Tour!!!

If you want want to learn all about how Pistachios are harvested, processed and packaged, then you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kathyinchelan
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Chelan, Washington
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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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“wine tasting” (26 reviews)
“eagle ranch” (18 reviews)
“pistachio farm” (18 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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7288 Highway 54 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310-9141
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were traveling with a tour group and our tour manager had a "surprise stop" at the Heart of the Desert". It was a very welcomed stop as most of the ladies liked to shop. The gift shop has plenty to choose from. The wine...More

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want want to learn all about how Pistachios are harvested, processed and packaged, then you want April to be your tour guide at Heart of the Desert just outside Alamogordo, New Mexico. April was very informative and patiently answered all our questions. Visit...More

Thank kathyinchelan
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with April. Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for something fun to do one a weekday afternoon in Alamogordo and read the information here about the free tour. We browsed their extensive gift shop, sampled some wines and pistachio nuts and took the interesting tour. Learned about how the pistachio...More

Thank Ken M
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and found it educational. Hope you enjoyed the pistachios and wines you sampled. Thanks for your review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great stop. Wide variety of tasteful souvenirs. Samples galore. Emphasis on pistachios. In the back of the store is the restrooms, wine tasting, and a good selection of tourist brochures. Friendly staff. Outside covered picnic area. For pecans go toward Telarosa Pecans in Telarosa, NM....More

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

Thank you for your review and highlighting what the store offers. Glad you enjoyed your stop.

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This place is excellent to visit. Also if you are looking for a place to hold an event such as a wedding look no further. Try their wines, beers, ice cream N And oh yes the pistachios.

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

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoy our location.

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Interesting place to visit. Nice little gift shop and, of course, lots of pistachios available for purchase.

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

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 26 August 2017

Great place to buy your pistachios at a better price than the competition. Also, a nice gift shop and separate café area to sample the tasty products they offer. If you'd like to know more about growing pistachios, they have fun and informative tours of...More

1  Thank Mark R
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, the tour and the gift shop!

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived just in time for a free tour. It was great. Rachel did a fantastic job! Had only been there 4 weeks! The garlic/green chili flavor was my favorite!!😁

Thank M9302CKsharonm
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and found a pistachio favorite. The garlic/green chile is probably our most popular.

Reviewed 21 August 2017

Been here many times. Try the pistachio wine. It is a world of pistachios. Nuts covered in chocolate, honey, hot sauce and other flavors. Lots of free samples. Friendly, nice staff. Just a nice place to stop in the middle of the desert. Walk around....More

Thank daddymo2
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your review. Great to hear that you found our staff friendly and enjoy the Pistachio Rose.

Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped on the way out of town and were pleasantly surprised at the professionalism of the tour and people working here. We didn't even know that pistachios were grown in New Mexico, let alone Alamogordo. The tour was informative, about an hour long, and...More

Thank tahkli71
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review. It really is a hidden gem. Glad you enjoyed the pistachios as well as the tour.

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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
5 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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