White Sands National Park and Missile Range - Las Cruces, New Mexico - 8 August 2017

Discussion created by jasper100 on Aug 9, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 13, 2017 by ozmodiar

My wife and I went to help our son set up to attend Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, New Mexico. While we were there we visited the White Sands National Monument and White Sands Missile Range.



Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine





White Sands National Monument is in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It's known for its dramatic landscape of rare white gypsum sand dunes. Trails through the dunes include the raised Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail, dotted with interpretive exhibits on wildlife and other features. Dunes Drive is a looped road from the White Sands Visitor Center to the dune field.


White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is a United States Army military testing area of almost 3,200 sq mi (8,300 km2) in parts of five counties in southern New Mexico. The largest military installation in the United States, WSMR and the 600,000-acre (2,400 km2) McGregor Range Complex at Fort Bliss to the south (southeast Tularosa Basin and on Otero Mesa) are contiguous areas for military testing. On 9 July 1945, the White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long range rockets. Just seven days later, the first atomic bomb test, code named Trinity was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range.