White Sands National Monument
New Mexico

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

White Sands National Monument is in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It’s known for its dramatic landscape of rare white gypsum sand dunes. Trails through the dunes include the raised Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail, dotted with interpretive exhibits on wildlife and other features. Dunes Drive is a looped road from the White Sands Visitor Center to the dune field.

When Visiting

The White Sands area itself is 275 square miles of Gypsum Sand. This type of sand is firmer and cooler than other types of sand. As a result of this, it is easier to walk on and many people (including moms, dads, and kids) enjoy sledding on these dunes. From the visitors center entrance gate to the farthest part of the park is an eight mile drive. There are several picnic area locations toward the north end of the park where you can park your car next to your picnic site. Each site has a table, a grill and a large overhead covering to protect you from the rays of a hot summertime sun. While you are preparing dinner, the kids can play in the sand or on one of the many sand dunes and have a good ole’ time. If you are in the southwest area of the U.S., it is a worthwhile trip to pay the park a visit and spend the day.

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