Los Alamos – Bradbury Museum

Los Alamos – Bradbury Museum

Drive Date:  Thursday and Saturday, April 26 & 28, 2018

Distance:  160 miles (round trip)

Estimated Total Time of Tour:  8 hours


The actual drive to Los Alamos is part of the fun of this tour. The route takes us through the Jemez Mountains with a pit stop at the Walatowa Visitor Center in Jemez Pueblo. We drive on to an overlook and stop at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This 13.5-mile-wide caldera (depression) was formed after a volcanic eruption more than 1.5 million years ago. Numerous scenes from western movies and TV series were shot here (Longmire & The Lone Ranger), and it is home to the second-largest elk herd in the United States.


Our final push to Los Alamos takes us through a portion of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Laboratory is part of the United States Department of Energy and was initially organized during World War II for the design of nuclear weapons as part of the Manhattan Project. Have your I.D.s ready as we enter at the West Jemez Gate for a five-minute drive through the “Labs” and the exit at the Main Entrance Gate.


Once through the gate, we’ll visit the Bradbury Museum, named for Norris Bradbury, Laboratory director from 1945-­1970. It has approximately 60 interactive exhibits that trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project and highlights the Laboratory's current and historic research projects related to defense and technology. More exhibits focus on Laboratory research related to national and international economic and environmental concerns. These exhibits draw nearly 80,000 visitors a year.


Lunch is at Gabriel’s, located about 10 miles west of Santa Fe, serving food of the Southwest and Old Mexico.  It is considered one of our best Mexican and Southwestern restaurants, and is known for its “tableside” guacamole.

A Group B Group
07:15 – Meet Time 08:15 – Meet Time    
08:00 - 10:30 Drive to Bradbury Museum 09:00 - 11:30 Drive to Bradbury Museum
10:30 - 12:00 Bradbury Museum 11:30 - 01:00 Bradbury Museum
12:00 - 12:30 Drive to Gabriel’s Restaurant 01:00 - 01:30 Drive to Gabriel’s Restaurant
12:30 - 02:00 Lunch at Gabriel’s 01:30 - 03:00 Lunch at Gabriel’s
02:00 - 03:00 Return drive to Tamaya 03:00 - 04:00 Return drive to Tamaya


The tour officially ends after lunch.  For those who wish to return to Tamaya together, the tour leaders will depart for the hotel shortly after lunch. You also have the option to “peel off” and visit Santa Fe on our way back to Tamaya. See Santa Fe map option.


Pueblo of Jemez Walatowa Visitor Center:  http://www.jemezpueblo.com/

Valles Caldera:  https://www.nps.gov/vall/index.htm


Bradbury Museum:  http://www.lanl.gov/museum/


Tour Meister Note: Many of us grew-up during the “duck and cover” days after WWII. The Bradbury Museum is a step back into those days. It’s a very interesting and memorable museum. The drive up is beautiful, and lunch will be outstanding. You might consider some time in Santa Fe after the formal tour ends.