Local Area Overview
New Mexico Museum of Space History - New Mexico definitely has a lot of empty space, though this “Space” Museum is all about “Outer Space” (where Star Trek was filmed). That might be disappointing for some people; but for most of us, the latter “space” is much more interesting, and should be all that’s required to sell you on a visit. But if that’s not enough, they also have an IMAX Theatre and a Rocket Park, and there’s no way you’ve ever been to a rocket park before.
White Sands National Park - It’s just like your Florida vacation, minus the ocean, seashells, and teenagers, and it’s about 3,000 miles to the west. But other than that, White Sands National Park is just like Florida. It’s home to the world’s largest gypsum dune field, which sounds like the place where Luke rode that little speed hover thing in Star Wars. So if you like Star Wars, assume it is that place. If not, enjoy the gypsum dune field for what it really is—a beautiful area of white sand in New Mexico. Bring your canteens!
Historic Old Mesilla - To the delight of graphic designers, the word “adobe” is now quickly associated with Photoshop and Illustrator, rather than with old-school desert huts. But a trip to Little Mesilla will remind you that adobe is actually sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, and that in climates such as New Mexico, it’s also a very effective style of home. This 2,000 resident village actually dates back to 1848 and has done plenty to preserve elements of its long, rich history.