Travel & Culture

Sand Sledding at White Sands

White Sands National Monument is a place everybody should go! Located in southern New Mexico between the cities Las Cruces and Alamogordo, it’s one of the world’s greatest natural wonders as the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.

I did not expect to have as much fun as I did at White Sands National Monument. At first you are like, “How much time am I really going to spend here?” I ended up spending half a day here, walking on sand dunes and sledding on sand dunes… trust me, it’s loads of fun.

About White Sands National Monument

  • The white sands are made out of gypsum. Gypsum is a mineral whose uses include manufacturing of wallboard, cement, plaster of Paris, and soil conditioning.
  • There is a fee to get in. Check White Sands @ NPS for more information.
  • It is a dynamic place. Some sand dunes move at a rate of 30 feet per year, which means don’t figure out directions based off of this sand dune being taller than another one.

What to do at White Sands

  1. Chill. Bring a picnic blanket and have a meal there! Bring a book to read! Fall asleep (that’s what I did)!
  2. Bring a plastic sled or purchase one from the gift shop. You can purchase old sleds at a slightly cheaper price if any are available. You could also sell back sleds for a bit of your money back.
  3. There’s a long hike here. I didn’t do it because I didn’t have the most important equipment of all: a compass.

What to bring

If you decide to go, bring:

  • At least 1 gallon of water per person in your party
  • Snacks
  • Money
  • Compass
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • A good attitude

I cannot wait for the next time I go back!


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