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White Sands Missile Range, Las Cruces
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Follow the development of the United States' missile programs at White Sands Missile Range, site of the first atomic bomb test and today home to a collection of historical missile models. Explore the museum's collection of indoor exhibits featuring missile motors, important technology, tools used in the construction process, and more. Don't miss the section detailing the many scientists and engineers who helped make these programs a reality. Afterward, head outside to view the extensive display of missiles once tested here. Keep in mind that the range is still an active military facility and you'll need a security pass to enter. This requires presenting your driver's license and, if coming by car, vehicle registration. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Las Cruces holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the White Sands Missile Range and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Small quiet museum, with displays inside and out. We parked outside, showed our licenses and had no trouble getting into this military facility. We saw no one in the museum ( visitors or staff) and wa...  more »
  • A great way to spend a day at a unique National Monument . Enjoy the sledding on the silica dunes. Learn a little about geography too! 
  • Took a long time to get approval to walk in as they wouldn't let you drive in if you aren't military. Loved all the displays and info on the missiles. 
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  • I was station at wsmr for 20 months. Loved every minute of it. Traveled all over Southwest , including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Louisiana playing baseball, fast pitch softball and flag football.So much for serving in the US Army.I loved it so.
  • I visited here in March 2015 on my way to White Sands National Monument. I almost didn't go because I was later leaving Las Cruces than I intended. But I was so glad I did as I thought it was amazing. The military members serving on the base, who have to check you in, were so friendly - and I was very proud of them. I'm originally from England and have been an American Citizen for a long time. However, there is a separate building which houses one of the German bombs that were used to bomb England in World War 11, which brought tears to my eyes. I'm so grateful to the couple who realized I was from England and directed me to the building. - And if you go, don't overlook the museum - fascinating. Overall, well worth a visit.
  • Non-GPS–based positioning system (NGBPS) subsystem of the UHARS. Oh Boy-Oh Boy-Oh Boy!
  • Pretty depressing all around. Beautiful surrounding countryside and scenery, but missile range itself is desolute.
  • Testing UGV, in 2007. Very warm place.