White Sands Missile Range, NM - Nearby Cities

    Las Cruces, NM
    Las Cruces offers some of the best weather around with over 350 days of sunshine a year. Some of New Mexico's finest golf courses are found here as well as an outdoor plaza featuring shops, boutiques and restaurants. Homes to the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market, vendors offer hand-crafted arts and crafts every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to Noon in the downtown mall area. Homes for rent in the area average between $635 a month for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment to $900-$1600 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condominium.

    Homes for sale range from $260,000 to $400,000 with variations based on zip codes. 49 different hotels in the area are available for temporary lodging with some bed and breakfasts running about $180 a night.

    Las Cruces is located about 25 miles from the White Sands Missile Range and is home to a rich history and cultural diversity. Local Museums such as the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum chart the history of agriculture in the state. Other attractions include the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities available year-round.

    El Paso, TX
    El Paso is the sixth-largest city in Texas and has a population of 750,000 people. The Rio Grande River flows through El Paso to the south and west, and the city is surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert. It has a close proximity to Holloman Air Force Base and sits about 40 miles from the White Sands Missile Range. Military personnel make up a large part of its population.

    Homes for sale in the area have a median listing price of $145,000 while the apartments available for rent run about $500 for a 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit and as much as $1200 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath rental home. Temporary lodging in the form of hotels is nearby including Holiday Inns, Embassy Suites, and the Doubletree. Prices range from $129 to $154 and can include breakfast.

    El Paso is home to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as well as the University of Texas at El Paso. The Franklin Mountains divide the city into two halves with the two slopes connecting in the central business district. The North Franklin Peak stands 3800 feet and is the highest peak in the city.

    Alamogordo, NM
    A desert community located in the Tularosa Basin, Alamogordo boasts a population of 35,582 according to the 2000 census. The town was the unofficial center for pilot safety research and the development of the United States space program. Its close proximity to Holloman Air Force Base accounts for about half the city's economy. Military personnel live and work in the area as the city is only about 36 miles from the White Sands Missile Range.

    Homes for rent in the area usually range in price from $530 for 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit to about $1055 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit. Homes for sale have a median listing price of $150,000. Local hotels are available for those seeking temporary lodging including the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express with prices ranging in the $65-$100 per night. Amenities include complimentary internet access and refrigerator/microwave in each room.

    Many movies are filmed in the Alamogordo area each year which adds to the town's economy. Local attractions include the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the White Sands National Monument, and the Lincoln National Forest. A hot-air balloon festival is held annually as well.