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White Sands National Park

A vast desert in New Mexico featuring glistening white gypsum dunes, unique flora and fauna, and a landscape ideal for sledding and exploration.

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Hey now, this is what dreams are made of. White Sands National Park is 275 square miles of sparking white gypsum sand dunes. With few trails (and even fewer rules), White Sands is the perfect place if you’re looking to get lost for a couple hours…or days, whatever. Dogs welcome, bring loads of sunscreen, and don’t forget to rent a sled: White Sands is famous for its sleddable snow-like dunes. Honorable Mentions: Williams Lake, Wheeler Park

leah 3 years ago

Wear the sunnies for this one, folks! Yep, the ‘white’ in White Sands National Park really is white. It unfolds along more than 270 square miles of the Chihuahuan Desert, dashing a scintillating patchwork of shifting gypsum hills across the southern heart of New Mexico. Yucca and skunkbush pepper the landscapes as strange lizards dart this way and that over the dunes. However, most human visitors come for amazing experiences like full-moon hikes and sandboarding sessions.

jrfrancis 4 years ago

Rising from the heart of New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin, White Sands National Park has earned the title of the world’s largest gypsum dune field.  Visitors can hike around the pristine dunes, partake in education ranger-led programs, and even try their skills at sandboarding in a few designated places around the park.  With trails that range from easy to extremely difficult, it’s a perfect jumping off point for every-level of experience.

sarahlempa 3 years ago

Leah Fishman, @leahfishman writes: "I dig White Sands because it’s way off-the-beaten path. Unlike other parks that can feel weirdly like amusement parks (complete with crowded parking lots and winding lines to see the big attractions), you can go totally rogue at White Sands. No trails here, puppies are welcome, you can sled, picnic, take pics — this is one of the only NPs where you can wander aimlessly for hours without breaking a rule or bumping up against other people."

seeker 3 years ago

Rising from the heart of New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin, White Sands National Park has earned the title of the world’s largest gypsum dune field. Visitors can hike around the pristine dunes, partake in education ranger-led programs, and even try their skills at sandboarding in a few designated places around the park. With trails that range from easy to extremely difficult, it’s a perfect jumping off point for every-level of experience.

seeker 3 years ago

White Sands National Park is a stunning natural wonder located in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. The park offers visitors an unforgettable experience of the world's largest gypsum dunefield, with powdery white sands stretching over 275 square miles. It offers opportunities for hiking, camping, and scenic drives through the desert landscape that is truly one of the best deserts in the world.

seeker 11 months ago

Witness a true natural wonder of the world, the silky white sands of New Mexico, at this unique and spectacular national park nestled in the heart of the desert. Explore eerily white pigmented sand dunes, flower gardens, and obscure cacti formations at this mystical national park.

seeker 3 years ago

Sledding down the dunes is one of the most popular activities at White Sands National Park. Really, any dune will do, but the ones at Yucca Picnic Area work well since they’re close to parking and offer some shaded picnic benches.

michaelwarford 2 years ago

Awesome experience sledding down the sand dunes! Thankfully we were there in January as it must get crazy hot there in the summer.

amanda.t.dwyer 3 years ago

white sands is amazing!

leah 11 months ago

Hiking, sledding, history

lwithrow 3 years ago

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