White Sands National Monument New Mexico – Glistening white dunes rise like waves. Sparkling like diamonds in the distance, White Sands is truly a national treasure!
White Sands National Monument New Mexico
One year Dan and I did a road trip thru New Mexico, starting in Albuquerque, driving thru White Sands, stopping at the Alien museum in Roswell New Mexico (totally recommend doing that! Campy exhibit that was loads of fun!) and touring Carlsbad Caverns.
Today I wanted to focus on White Sands because this is a National Monument I highly recommend putting on your list of parks to visit!
As we were driving south on Interstate 54 I could see a sparkle in the distance. Dan said, I bet that’s the park we can see and I remember saying, no we’re too far away, right?
White Sands, New Mexico
Well he was correct. Even though we were over 50 miles away from the park as we got closer I realized he was correct. We weren’t seeing a mirage, it was actually the dunes sparkling like diamonds.
My hubby planned the whole road trip. Though Carlsbad was the “big” draw for us, I found the park to be magical and breathtaking!
How much does it cost to get into White Sands?
The cost for a vehicle is $20 or $10/person and the fees are paid at the entrance stations into the park.
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What Causes White Sands New Mexico?
The sands are not composed of quartz, like
Is White Sands ones of the worlds natural wonders?
Though not considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s a wonderful place to visit! The breathtaking drive has beauty around every curve.
As we were driving thru, there was a group of people standing at the top of a dune. A closer look and we realized it was a wedding party! What a beautiful place to get married!
In summer it is well over 100 degrees. Plan ahead and bring lots of refreshments. Do not come if it is windy as blowing sand will get you stuck.
A twilight tour is available. It’s educational as well as beautiful and the sunsets are amazing!
If you’re hiking, be sure to stick to the trails. We have had many deaths due to hikers getting lost.
There is also a nice Space museum in Alamagordo. And of course, don’t forget chili is grown here!From Judi who lives just 50 miles from White Sands!
Can you drive through white sands?
Yes! You can choose to go thru with a tour or drive thru park self-guided.
What can you do at White Sands National Park?
- visitors center
- driving the dunes
- attend a nature tour or my personal favorite….
- sledding! The dunes look like big mountains of snow and the visitors center actually rents sleds to slide down the dunes – it’s a blast!!!
Why is White Sands National Monument important?
It is the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The dunes became a national monument in 1933 and opened to the public in 1934.
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Thanks again for joining me on another adventure! I hope you enjoyed this tour of White Sands National Monument New Mexico! If you have an opportunity, please visit the blog for more of my travels or yummy recipes!