White Sands National Monument, NM

At the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert lies the Tularosa Basin. In the heart of this basin lies one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Dunes of gypsum sand have covered 275 square miles of desert. This is the world’s largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of the dune field and the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this harsh environment.

It was SOOO hot here. Not a cloud in the sky and visiting at high noon didn’t help the 100+ degree heat. We had a blast though, jumping off the dunes and sliding down in the sand.


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