Can you help me move to Las Cruces?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Dave W., Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Dave W.

    Dave W. Yea Sportball!

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    Hey guys- I have an opportunity at White Sands Missile Range -hopefully doing some cool stuff.

    I live in Dallas now. I’m married with 3 kids.

    Where would I get started to consider this move?

    I have been to WSMR many times in the last 5 years but never considered the move. Things are now falling that direction- perhaps.

    I’d move to a respectable dual sport for sure!

    What do I need to know to keep the family happy?
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  2. Ditch

    Ditch Long timer

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    Not sure what you are asking, but Alamogordo isn't the worst place in the world. Has all the usual amenities.

    Riding wise you have tons of desert, plus the Sacramento mountains are in the back yard for some cooler (temp wise) riding in the hotter months with lot's of opportunities for bringing the family with singletrack, atv, and jeep trails. Think they just got some snow, but Alamogordo itself is lower elevation and won't be affected much by that.

    Been in the area riding, but no experience living there. Seemed OK to me. Hopefully some of the peeps from down there will chime in.
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  3. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Given the choice I'd opt for Alamogordo also.
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  4. 1Gopokes1

    1Gopokes1 Been here awhile

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    you can Oryx there on base
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  5. Bartimus

    Bartimus Been here awhile

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    I retired from WSMR, and lived in the area for many years.
    There are 3 ways to get to WSMR, (actually 4 but we don't count Oro Grande gate).
    So, El paso, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces.
    Elpaso I lived there for 4 years, is a big city, with lots of amenities, but you will be surrounded by Texans :photog It's a pretty an easy 50 mile commute from the north side of town, down what we used to call "war highway" back in the 80's. Major Army base, so lots of military running around. Not very close to any decent mountains, lots of desert to go riding in
    Alamogordo, decent sized, already has a ton of Air Force folks there, just a short drive up into the mountains, lots of desert riding, the NMBDR goes really close to town. About 70 mile commute with a few state, county, and local LEOs looking to make a few $$$ giving out performance awards. Depending on the time of day, you can, and will be delayed if there is a missile launch taking place as they fire them over HWY 70, your main road to and from work. Expect delays, they will happen.
    Las Cruces, a good sized city, I lived there for 16 years until I retired. lots of outdoor activities, great dirt biking all around, homes are decently priced, great street riding heading north along the rio grande to Hatch, Hillsboro, over Emory pass and on up into the Gila forest. Short drive north to TorC and Elephant Butte lake.
    About a 50 mile commute up and over the Organ Mountain pass, that is more like a nascar race. The pass can get closed in the winter due to snow, and of course, the highway can get closed due to missile launchings.
    If I had to do it again, I would still live in Las Cruces. I've never been impressed with El Paso, and Alamogordo, while it is in a decent location, really is a dump of a city, with nothing really going for it besides the Air Force base...
    Hope some of this helps...
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  6. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

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    I live in Alamogordo, moved here from Ft. Collins CO in 2004 and never looked back. Wife didn't care for it much but liked it at the same time as it was the size of Ft C when were growing up, she has warmed up to it well. If you want green and lush, not much here, keep in mind this is high desert or drive up to the mountains where there is moss growing in the trees. It has a population of about 35k and a couple small towns close around. Ruidoso and Cloudcroft in the mountains. It is about a 50 mile drive to White Sands MR on a four lane 75mph interstate like highway 70. I have never had an issue with them closing the roads and they usually give advance notice. There is not a better place in the US for year round weather, low housing costs, low cost of living etc etc. :deal city-data.com :deal . Lots of military influence and retired military here. Holloman AFB is the biggest economic driver here and is a training base for F-16s and RPAs. This area has the largest restricted air space in the US and maybe the world. You can buy a three bedroom two bath with a two car garage for $120K on up, lots of options available. It is small town living and I like it, a slow easy friendly pace and place.

    Our furnace didn't run till a couple days before Thanksgiving and that was to take the morning chill off. You will not need a snow shovel or frost scraper. It will break 100* for maybe a half dozen days a year in June and a lot in the mid to upper 90's with 12% humidity till the monsoons.The worst time of the year is July/August with temps in the mid 90s with 50% humidity :knary
    One issue with kids or so it is said is there is not much for them to do :dunno . Plenty of schools and they are building new ones.
    One issue with the wife in Alamogordo is there may be enough "amenities". But it is a 75 mile drive to Las Cruces (lost cashus) and 85 to El Paso both on interstate like highways. I have not had an issue with getting anything I need here for the most part. We live on the north end of town and can get to a Home Depot, Lowe's home store, a new Hobby Lobby, a new Harbor Freight and a Walmart grocery store within 10 minutes. It will take 15 minutes to drive across town :D.

    The Sacramento Mountains sit directly east of Alamogordo. It is 4400' and drive 16 miles up 82 to almost 9000". In the summer it will be 20* cooler in less than a half hour. Lots of two track, single track, ATV trails, gravel roads and paved two laners :ricky and not many people. Deer and Elk hunting on a draw basis, turkey OTC. Lots of camping and not a lot of people except on long weekends then the Texans take over. Google the Cloudcroft live cam :nod. Not much fishing tho without driving a ways, Elephant Butte lake is 150 miles away.
    PM me and we can chat on the phone if you want or show you around if you come to town.
    city-data.com for information on most anyplace.
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  7. Gillus

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  8. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    I work in El Paso allot, Albuquerque isn't great by any means but El Paso is a couple notches down from that. If you want to get a feel for living across the border El Paso is the place. Traffic sucks and english is a second language.
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  9. dickensheets

    dickensheets smprparatus

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    I live in LC. Fort Collins Co before that. Been here 4yrs. I like it better than Colorado to "live". No traffic, low cost of living great weather. Friendly people. YZ250x for the trails. Super Tenere for the roads.
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  10. TaterHarry

    TaterHarry Redneck Emeritus

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    LC to WSMR could be a long commute depending on where you are stationed. LC is more cosmopolitan than Alamogordo - being quite a bit larger and a college town. Certainly more activities for the kids.

    I'm guessing the schools will be better in Alamogordo - and closer to the Sacramentos.

    If you're stationed near Holloman and want to be in the mountains, you could also consider Cloudcroft.
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