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The Astronomy Building on the NMSU campus is on the Frenger pedestrian mall at the intersection of Frenger and Williams St., near the Branson Hall Library. A map of all NMSU buildings can be found here.

Parking at NMSU

To park on campus, you will need a temporary parking permit. You can pick one up from the main office of the Astronomy buidling. You can also get a permit in advance online here . You need to leave this permit in your car, placing it on your dashboard. This will allow you to park in any valid parking spot on the university campus, other than spots marked blue (handicapped), green (service vehicles), or lavender (on-campus residents). To stop into the department quickly, there are meters across the street, as shown on the map above.

Getting to Las Cruces

NMSU is located in Las Cruces, NM. If you are flying in, you should probably fly to El Paso, Texas and drive (about 55 minutes) up to Las Cruces.

Arriving from El Paso (or, in general, the south)

To get from the El Paso airport to NMSU, you can follow the following instructions/maps.

  • Once out of the airport, take a right onto Airway Blvd.
  • At the first light, take a right onto Airport Rd., which will curve to the left and become Fred Wilson Rd.
  • Take a right onto Hwy 54 when you reach it.
  • Take 54 several miles to Transmountain Rd, and take a left.
  • Take Transmountain Rd over the Franklin mountains until you hit I-10.
  • Take I-10 north about 30 miles into Las Cruces.

(Alternatively to all of the above, follow signs from El Paso airport to I-10, then take this north about 50 miles to Las Cruces. The above route is about the same distance, but is more scenic.)

  • From I-10, take the Main St. exit. Turn right onto University Ave.
  • At the third(?) light, turn right on Espina into the NMSU campus
  • At the third stop sign, take a left onto Stewart St.
  • At the second stop sign, take a left onto Williams.
  • The Astronomy building is the second building on the left.

Arriving from Tucson (or, in general, the west)

  • From I-10, take the Main St. exit.
  • Turn right on Main St., then turn right onto University Ave.
  • At the third(?) light, turn right on Espina into the NMSU campus
  • At the third stop sign, take a left onto Stewart St.
  • At the second stop sign, take a left onto Williams.
  • The Astronomy building is the second building on the left.

Arriving from Albuquerque (or, in general, the north)

  • Take I-25 into Las Cruces, and exit at University Ave.
  • At the fourth(?) light, turn left on Espina into the NMSU campus
  • At the second light, turn right on Espina into the NMSU campus
  • At the third stop sign, take a left onto Stewart St.
  • At the second stop sign, take a left onto Williams.
  • The Astronomy building is the second building on the left.

Lodging in Las Cruces

We normally put visitors up at the Comfort Suites (575.522.1300). This has the advantage of being within walking distance of campus, and it is easy to find. The Comfort Suites is located on Triviz Dr., off of University Ave., essentially where University Ave intersects with I-25. You can get there by taking the University Ave. exit from I-25 (N or S) and heading west on University until the first light at Triviz. If arriving via I-10 from the west, take the Main St. exit to University Ave. as decribed above, but just stay on University up the hill until you hit Triviz Dr. just before coming to I-25.

Walking to the Astronomy Department from the Comfort Suites

To walk from the Comfort Suites to the Astronomy Department, start off going down University Ave away from I-25. Cross the street at Locust or Jordan and walk straight into campus until you hit a large pedestrian walkway. Take a right on this, and walk down past the Student Union (Corbett Center). After passing this, take the walk which goes diagonally to the left through the parking lot, which will take you to the Frenger pedestrian mall. Walk past the Food Court and Williams St., and the Astronomy Dept. will be on your left, across from the Science Library (Branson Hall).