White Sands Missile Range opened a nearly 15 acre ATV course for community members with all-terrain vehicles to ride within the range, Jan. 13. Todd Rice, Outdoor Recreation assistant said the location, near the missile park and off of the second mile of the Bataan route, is the only location approved for community members to ride their ATVs on post. The course opens on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"The ATV area is another example of the installation delivering a service that's requested by our community," said WSMR Garrison Commander Col. Dave Brown. "We've provided a safe and secure environment where White Sands families, employees and military members can enjoy the outdoors."
In order to ride your ATVs on Saturday in the designated area riders must first come by the Outdoor Recreation facility located in the Desert Emerald Park to register and receive a pass. Outdoor Recreation is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you register during the week you still have to stop by the facility at Emerald Park to pick up your pass on Saturday, Rice said.
Those hoping to register to ride their ATVs at the facility will need to have proof of taking an ATV riding course. Several free videos are offered online. Proper Protective Equipment like eye protection, a Department of Transportation Standard 218 certified helmet, over the ankle footwear, long pants and full-fingered gloves are required to enter the premises. Outdoor recreation will not rent out ATVs for recreational use. Personal ATVs that are taken to the site must be in sound working order without leaks or major damage.
For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at (575) 678-1713.