Missile testing

Museum at the White Sands Missile Range. Credit: ©Shashi Bellamkonda, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Museum at the White Sands Missile Range. Credit: ©Shashi Bellamkonda, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

White Sands National Monument is surrounded by military installations, with the White Sands Missile Range to the north and Holloman Air Force Base to the east. Occasionally, the national monument and U.S. Highway 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces are closed due to missile testing. 

The White Sands Missile Range was chosen in part for its remote location, and most visitors to White Sands National Monument won’t see or hear any signs of the missile range. However, debris does sometimes fall within the park, and any suspicious materials should be left undisturbed and reported to park rangers or at the Heart of the Sands Nature Center.

Mary Caperton Morton

Mary Caperton Morton

Morton (https://theblondecoyote.com/) is a freelance science and travel writer based in Big Sky, Mont., and an EARTH roving correspondent.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 06:00

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