FAQ: Tours, Special Tours, Staff Rides, and Special Events

Q. Do I need to submit a Request Form to request a Tour for just my family?
A. Submitting a Request is preferred in order to ensure that a staff member is available to host your tour. Walk-in tour requests may be granted subject to staff member availability.

Q. How do I submit a request for a Tour, Special Tour, Staff Ride, or Special Event?
A. All Special Tour, Staff Ride, or Special Event Requests must be submitted using the WSMR Tour and Event Request Form. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit it to the Museum.

Q. What are Tours, Special Tours, Staff Rides, and Special Events?
A. Please see the following definitions.

Tours: These are guided walkthroughs of the Museum exhibits with a staff member or volunteer and typically involves less than 10 visitors. A Tour does not require submission of the Request Form, but is subject to personnel availability unless scheduled in advance.

Special Tours: These are guided walkthroughs with a staff member or volunteer. Special Tours are reserved for:
-Groups larger than 10
-Approved organizations
-Authorized tours of downrange areas
-VIPs and Distinguished Visitors (see below)

Staff Rides: These are guided walkthroughs of historical military exercises that focus on the application of Troop Leading Procedures, the Military Decision Making Process, and Fundamentals of Land Warfare. Staff Rides may be requested by VIPs, DVs, and members of any organization assigned, attached, or affiliated with WSMR. Staff Rides may be requested by the general public but are subject to Museum staff availability. Standard Staff Rides are:
-Battle of Valverde, 1862 (Onsite or Classroom Instruction)
-Battle of Hembrillo Basin, 1880 (Onsite or Classroom Instruction)
-Battle of Columbus, 1916 (Onsite or Classroom Instruction)
-Battle of Brazito, 1846 (Classroom Instruction)
-Battle of Mesilla, 1861 (Classroom Instruction)
-Battle of Glorietta Pass, 1862 (Classroom Instruction)
-The Apache Wars, 1861-1886 (Classroom Instruction)
-The Victorio War of 1879-1880 (Classroom Instruction)
-Other Staff Rides or Battle Analyses may be available upon request

Special Events: These are events that request the time and use of Museum staff, volunteers, facilities, etc. Examples of Special Events include:
-Visits by VIPs or Distinguished Visitors (see below)
-Change of Command Ceremonies
-Reenlistment Ceremonies
-Launch and Test Events open for public viewing

Q. What constitutes a tour or visit attended by a VIP or DV?
A. VIPs and DVs are identified in DA PAM 600-60 A Guide to Protocol and Etiquette for Official Entertainment, Appendix D: Precedence List. Tours and visits by VIPs and DVs should be coordinated through the WSMR Garrison Administration’s Protocol Office at (575)-678-1038/2220 or DSN 258-2220.

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