Spaceport America Tours Begin on Friday

Photo by Mark Greenberg

Spaceport America Preview Tours will begin May 13, 2011, and will be conducted each Friday, Saturday and Sunday thereafter. The tours will feature guided, exclusive access to the spaceport and provide guests an up close and personal encounter with the spaceflight facilities only available during the current pre-operational phase. Guests will also learn the history and evolution of transportation and trade in the area from the Spanish pioneers and Native Americans of the past to the space pioneers of the future. The approximately three-hour experience gives guests an in-depth look at the scenic beauty and rugged ranges of New Mexico’s Old West, as well as man’s efforts to survive in the high desert.

Tour buses will depart twice daily, at 9 am and 1 pm. The guided tours will initially depart from both the Elephant Butte Inn, 401 New Mexico 195, Elephant Butte, NM; and across from Sunset Grill on 306 S. Pershing St., Truth or Consequences, NM. Expansion of tours to Las Cruces and Albuquerque is anticipated later this year.

Cost:  $59 for adults and $29 for children under 12. Reservations are required with a minimum of two guests per tour. Group discounts are available. For more information go to or call: 1-505-897-2886 or Toll Free: 1-866-428-4SUN(786)