Directions and transportation

The Planetary Atmospheres Node is located in the Astronomy building of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

The city of Las Cruces is located in southern New Mexico about 40 miles north of El Paso, Texas. Flights should be scheduled through El Paso.

Please note that not all major carriers fly to El Paso International Airport - most notably United does not. Southwest and American are usually our airlines of choice. Delta and some others also fly to El Paso.

By the baggage claim area of El Paso International Airport is the usual selection of rental cars. An alternative to this is the Las Cruces Shuttle which will drop you off at any hotel in Las Cruces. The round-trip cost for one person is $38 with discounts for two or more people. Reservations are required or at least strongly recommended at 1-800-288-1784.

An alternative to flying is Amtrak. Amtrak does not stop in Las Cruces but does stop in El Paso. The Las Cruces Shuttle will pick you up at the train station if you make advance reservations. See the Amtrak schedule for the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle line.

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is located at the junction of I-10 and I-25 at the southern end of Las Cruces.

The Astronomy building is located in the north central area of the NMSU campus and is marked as 225 in the campus map.

Within that building, the Planetary Atmospheres Node is located in room 218 - (second floor), and the office of Reta Beebe (Atmospheres Node Manager) is room 301 - (find the stairs in the southwest corner of the building).