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White Sands Missile Range

Las Cruces, NM
505-678-1134
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Ranked #2 of 26 attractions in Las Cruces
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities
Traveler Description: On July 16, 1945 the world changed with the explosion of the first atomic bomb. The explosion took place at Trinity Site which is on what is now... more »
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Collinsville, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was up there for some training in and around White Sands/Space Harbor. It's so weird because in the morning the sand is cold to the touch. Don't forget your sunglasses or the white sand causes a white out effect as if it were snow. The most interesting part is where lava used to flow up north into the area

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This like no other place I've been to! Run and jump down the large sand dunes! Don't forget to wear sunscreen and sunglasses!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This museum was a nice stop. If you're adding to a collection of historic and interesting sites in America, this is a good one. Like another reviewers said, this museum does not have the actual white sands to play in- as it is on an active military testing site. I wouldn't recommend driving to this place as a destination, but... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was really interesting to find out how the sands are constantly moving and as you drive in you would think your in winter as the sand appears to be snow. Kids loved sliding around on saucer sleds. The missile park was also very interesting in seeing the evolution of our defenses.

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Rio Rancho,NM, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Thought it was really neat being able to check out some of our past defense's from the military and also learned a little about astronauts.

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Tucson
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113 reviews 113 reviews
26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

White Sands is a must see at least once in your life. There isn't a whole lot going on but the scenery is really neat. My young nephews loved sledding down the hills. Definitely worth the stop.

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stopped here on our way to White Sands Park, mostly as my husband thought it might be interesting. I'll admit I was not really interested in the missiles before I went, but ended up finding it a great place! It is only a few miles off the highway, well worth a stop. Check their website for open times, it... More

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Portland, Oregon
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397 reviews 397 reviews
55 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were on our way from Las Cruces to Alamogordo when we stopped at this interesting little museum. It displays lots of history and tidbits about the base and the missiles. There's an inside with artifacts that you will remember if you're over 60, and there are missiles and rockets outside. (Children may find the inside exhibits boring, but we... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We visited the Missile Museum located at the north gate of the base. We did access from El Paso and drove through the base. If you come in from the north, just as soon as you go through the security gate the museum and outdoor display are on your left. They have a great outdoor display, an indoor German V2... More

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Brea, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Putting all three "events" under this same banner is confusing. Trinity site (only open 2 days a year), White Sands Memorial, and the Museum are three separate locations. We visited the museum and wish we had allocated much more time. The museum basically documents some of the weapon systems tested at this location. There is even a model of a... More

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