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Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • If you come from Alamogordo, New Mexico, the view at the top of the mountains are simply nothing short of spectacular

    • by Wearmanyhats

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      There are two different ways to get to White Sands, New Mexico, and both drives are beautiful. If you come from Alamogordo, New Mexico, the view at the top of the mountains are simply nothing short of spectacular. The drive from Carlsbad Caverns is lovely as well. It is not a good idea to try to do both Carlsbad and White Sands in one day. Both need to be savored for the beauties that they are. But there’s no doubt about it: White Sands is so unique, so absolutely astonishing that words can hardly do it justice.

      The White Sands visitor center can get you started with all the necessary background needed to enjoy the dunes. But come prepared. You will need sunscreen, sun

      glasses, water, camera and if you pack a picnic, you will enjoy yourself even more. There are picnic areas deep inside the dunes where it looks as though it should be cold, surrounded by snowbanks. But the heat of the desert quickly puts the place into perspective. The sunglasses and sunscreen quickly become essentials, as the sun will bounce off of the sands, and long term exposure can give you a great sunburn or bother your eyes.

      If you have children, feel free to bring snow sleds, flat cardboard, garbage can lids or anything that lets them slide down the dunes. In the past, some people craving a Christmas scene have brought in fir trees, put them firmly in the sand, and sat around singing Christmas songs. Let ...

      • your hair down, and roll down a hill.

        I’ve been to White Sands at least five or six times, and each time is just as much of a marvel to me as the time before. Each time I see something new, each time I feel like a child that has come to play. I have to walk in it, take off my shoes and wiggle my feet through it, roll down the hill, and dig deeply to find the little bit of moisture that allows the occasional plant to live. We watched with amazement as one bug scurried with great purpose across the dune, looking for something significant, astounded that life lingers in such a desolate, albeit gorgeous place. We found a delicate little albino lizard

        sunning itself. Be aware of the camouflaged wildlife.

        There are special tours of the park, plus the ability to back pack and bicycle. Most visitors go by car. The Lake Lucerne trip is one that is occasional, has no room for error, and must be scheduled. Of course, the website for this trip is essential and worth the drive; the beauty is in the blue sky above with the blue water surrounded by white.

        White Sands is a destination that no one should miss in their lifetime. There are few places like that in the world, and certainly none like this one. To think that there is a place where one kind of sand can be simply in existance in such abundance, and so marvelous is almost beyond comprehension.

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