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White Sands Missile Range

Drive to this United States Army rocket range to see many displayed missiles and learn the technology and history behind them.

White Sands Missile Range is an active missile test range with a historical museum and missile park. Known as the test site for the first atomic bomb, the range is steeped in military history. Learn about the accomplishments of renowned figures, including Dr. Wernher von Braun, the German-American aerospace engineer and space architect credited with inventing the infamous V-2 and Saturn V rockets.

Spot a V-2 rocket at the edge of the missile park. The V-2 or “Vergeltungswaffe 2” was the world’s first long-range guided ballistic missile. The missile park also displays sounding rockets and multi-stage research missiles. Look for the Nike Hercules, a United States air-defense missile system, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Stop at the MK 39 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight gun in the missile park. The naval artillery gun was designed for use against surface warships and military aircraft. Another interesting display in the missile park is the QH-50 DASH (Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter). Developed in the 1950s, this aircraft was the first operational unmanned combat helicopter.

The museum at White Sands Missile Range contains a number of fascinating displays on military tests. A scale model of the first atomic bomb detonated at the range’s Trinity Site features in the museum’s displays. Study a V-2 hydrogen peroxide tank, an integral part of the ballistic missile. The collection also contains a V-2 rocket motor. Another highlight is the deconstructed Stinger missile and launcher.

Find White Sands Missile Range Museum about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from the center of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The museum is open year-round, excluding Sundays and holidays. The missile park is open every day, from sunrise to sunset. Both the museum and missile park are free to enter. Reach the site via the Las Cruces or El Paso gates. A guard at White Sands Missile Range will direct you to the museum.

With more than 50 fascinating rockets, missiles and military objects on display, White Sands Missile Range Museum is perfect for an outing of a few hours.


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Lodging Near White Sands Missile Range

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Wow! Modern, Comfy Homeaway From Home

Wow! Modern, Comfy Homeaway From Home

4324 Camino Dos Vidas, Las Cruces
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Las Cruces, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art, Mesilla Valley Mall, and New Mexico State University. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 10.4 mi (16.8 km) away.

3BR Las Cruces House W/patio Mountain View!

3BR Las Cruces House W/patio Mountain View!

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5.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
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Situated in Las Cruces, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art, Mesilla Valley Mall, and New Mexico State University. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 9.2 mi (14.8 km) away.

$53
Super 8 - Las Cruces/White Sands Area

Super 8 - Las Cruces/White Sands Area

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of 5, from 423 reviews
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Situated in Las Cruces, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art, Mesilla Valley Mall, and New Mexico State University. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 7.8 mi (12.6 km) away.

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Staybridge Suites Las Cruces

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Situated in Las Cruces, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art, Mesilla Valley Mall, and New Mexico State University. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 7.4 mi (11.8 km) away.

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Motel 6 Las Cruces - Telshor

Motel 6 Las Cruces - Telshor

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Situated in Las Cruces, this motel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Mesilla Valley Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art and New Mexico State University. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) away.

Bellagio Villas

Bellagio Villas

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of 5, from 57 reviews
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Luxury Home With Outdoor Living

Luxury Home With Outdoor Living

4317 Capistrano Ave, Las Cruces
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Situated in Las Cruces, this townhouse accommodation is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mesilla Valley Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and Las Cruces Museum of Art. New Mexico State University is 4.5 mi (7.3 km) away.

Custom Designed - Interior Courtyard

Custom Designed - Interior Courtyard

4319 Capistrano Ave, Las Cruces
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