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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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Super 8 by Wyndham Las Cruces/White Sands Area ¥5,127
Super 8 by Wyndham Las Cruces/White Sands Area

Super 8 by Wyndham Las Cruces/White Sands Area

3405 Bataan Memorial West, Las Cruces, NM
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Las Cruces, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sonoma Ranch Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art and Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and Culture. Red Hawk Golf Club and Mesilla Valley Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Staybridge Suites Las Cruces ¥8,617
    Staybridge Suites Las Cruces

    Staybridge Suites Las Cruces

    2651 Northrise Dr, Las Cruces, NM
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Las Cruces, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Sonoma Ranch Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art and Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and Culture. Red Hawk Golf Club and Mesilla Valley Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Motel 6 Las Cruces - Telshor ¥6,811
      Motel 6 Las Cruces - Telshor

      Motel 6 Las Cruces - Telshor

      2120 Summit Ct, Las Cruces, NM
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces ¥12,742
        Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

        Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

        705 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Las Cruces, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mesilla Valley Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from New Mexico State University. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and Sonoma Ranch Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Las Cruces North ¥8,509
          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Las Cruces North

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Las Cruces North

          2142 Telshor Ct, Las Cruces, NM
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Comfort Suites Las Cruces I - 25 North ¥9,109
            Comfort Suites Las Cruces I - 25 North

            Comfort Suites Las Cruces I - 25 North

            236 N Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Las Cruces, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Mesilla Valley Mall and 3 mi (4.9 km) from New Mexico State University. Las Cruces Museum of Art and Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and Culture are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Fairfield Inn by Marriott Las Cruces ¥10,125
              Fairfield Inn by Marriott Las Cruces

              Fairfield Inn by Marriott Las Cruces

              2101 Summit Ct, Las Cruces, NM
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Cruces ¥10,547
                Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Cruces

                Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Cruces

                1120 North Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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