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Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour

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Address: 7288 Highway 54 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
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+1 575-434-0035
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Know your farmer, know your food! Ever wonder what a super food is? Do you...

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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Heart of the Desert/ Eagle Ranch Tour

This tour is really interesting and worth the time to take it. It is interesting to hear the pistachios are kosher certified. Theses pistachios are the best because flavor and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
sb1nichols
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This tour is really interesting and worth the time to take it. It is interesting to hear the pistachios are kosher certified. Theses pistachios are the best because flavor and salting are consistent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this family operated facility that produces a variety of processed pistachios as well as candies and wines.

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ANTIOCH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our tour of the operation. We had pistachio gelato and sat on the patio to enjoy the background music and solitude. Very nice gift shop. Wine sampling and pistachio item sampling. Love the pistachio brittle.

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Thank nantravels
North Charleston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour of Heart of The Desert. April was our guide and she was fantastic. Everyone at the facility is really nice and you feel like you are part of the family and at home. I would definitely recommend Heart of the Desert to anyone passing thru Alamagordo

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Corrales, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice shop and people that are very helpful. Didn't feel like someone trying to take my money. Good prices, 30% below "the other one". You still have to watch your prices however. Check the local groceries.

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Thank Mickey6448
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Glad you were able to find some good deals at the store and had a great experience while there. More 

Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The pistachio tour is well worth it. Key is taking the tour. While waiting, enjoy the beautiful patio (warm clothes if winter), sample their excellent wine (no charge), while nibbling on cheese (purchased). Our tour left at 1:30 pm (lasted almost an hour, mostly inside, all on foot). One of the two company founders - Mary Ann - likely will... More 

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HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you were able to take the tour and enjoy some wine, cheese and the beautiful patio. Marianne, when available, is always happy to share little tidbits of their experiences with developing Eagle Ranch. Good to hear that Carolyn gave a great tour! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Never seen a pistachio tree before. Got a one-on-one tour with seasoned employees who knew a lot about the process and business. Tour went from beginning to end, including processing and packaging. Very interesting.

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Thank Mitzie16
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so glad that your enjoyed your tour of the ranch and learning the ins and outs of growing and processing pistachios! More 

Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Do you like souvenirs? Do you like unusual jewelry? Do you love pistachios? How about chocolate or wine? If you said YES to any of the questions then you will want to stop at the Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachio Farm. It is fun for all ages........farm tour wine tasting, etc. Every trip to Alamogordo we make sure to... More 

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Thank NJHeimark
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We do offer a little something for everyone. Thank you for making us part of your trip! More 

Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We arrived an hour before closing and found the store empty. The two women working the counter were not overly friendly and made us feel unwelcomed. I understand we were visiting with our kids but they never left our side and we held our six year olds hand the entire time. I feel we would have been treated differently if... More 

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HODAlamogordo, Owner at Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour, responded to this review

I am so sorry you had a less than superb experience here. Perhaps the staff was bushed after a busy day, but that's still no excuse! Thank you for letting us know so that we can address the problem. Children are always welcome here, so I don't believe that had any bearing on the visit. Hopefully, you will be through... More 

Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch has the nicest gift shop. I have not had a chance to take the tour, but would really like to see the full operation. The staff is very friendly. There are lots of gift choices. I really love going into the shop and just looking around, even finding something special to buy. For wine lovers,... More 

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Thank beckybh1950
HODAlamogordo, Public Relations Manager at Heart of the Desert/Eagle Ranch Pistachios Farm Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and kind words. We are glad you enjoy the gift store and the uniformity of the trees. They are quite spectacular. Please do make some time to take the tour. It is actually very interesting and worthwhile. More 

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