Our first roadside attraction on the trip was a complete surprise to us! As we were driving out of Alamogordo, NM on our way to Roswell, we both did a double take.

Was that just a massive pistachio on the side of the road?

Yes. Yes, it was a huge pistachio. The world’s largest pistachio statue, to be exact.

So, we did what any sane person would do – make a U-turn on a two lane road in a 36 ft RV.

And it was well worth it! We took pictures with the pistachio (including Cricket in the shot!), and then headed inside to the store. McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch is the home of this monstrosity, and we weren’t about to leave without a bag or two of pistachios!

Inside the McGinn’s Pistachio store was a huge variety of pistachio flavors! I’ve always loved a chili/lemon seasoned pistachio, but it was fun to try out a few of the others! There was even pistachio brittle to taste – and a brittle made with the chili pistachios.

I was in heaven.

We ended up grabbing a bag of the Green Chile pistachios (Cory’s favorite) and the Habanero Limon (my favorite! and, after a few days, Cory agreed this was the superior purchase.). Some of that Chili Pistachio Brittle may have found its way onboard as well.

We had a great time at our first roadside attraction, and have since begun to do a bit of research to make sure to find more! We also met another RV couple who snapped our picture for us! Hi Cindy & John!

And I found a handsome man with a fuller beard than Cory’s.


I’m still looking forward to the largest ball of twine, though!





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4 Responses to World’s Largest Pistachio (statue)!!! – Alamogordo, NM

  1. Anna says:

    The chili pistachio brittle was delicious!

  2. Gorgeous pictures! We enjoyed meeting you (and we enjoyed our pistachios too!).

  3. Traci says:

    I would absolutely make that U-turn for the world’s largest pistachio! Or any other “world’s largest,” for that matter. It’s our thing!

    And coincidentally, the world’s largest ball of twine is #1 on my bucket list, and I also have a thing for garden gnomes. The world’s second largest garden gnome, “Chomsky,” lives here in the Hudson Valley: http://gobigorgohomeblog.com/700

  4. Looks like you had a great time. I made my husband stop here before we continued on to White Sands National Monument. In addition to the sculpture, we were also lucky enough to catch one of the tours which was actually really fun.

    check our our blog post about our visit to McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch:

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