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
- Chill. Bring a picnic blanket and have a meal there! Bring a book to read! Fall asleep (that’s what I did)!
- 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.
- 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
- A good attitude
I cannot wait for the next time I go back!