Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.Proverb
About the Park
The glistening sands of White Sands National Park in the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico are like no other place on earth. The waves of gypsum sand have created the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The Park preserves this unique landscape and the plants and animals that call it home.
Check out the view from the top of the sand dunes!
Live it up!
Best Things to do in the Park
- Take in a sunset. This was the highlight for us and something we will always remember.
- Head to the 8-mile long Dunes Drive, which is the only road in the park, for some beautiful views
- Go to the Visitor Center for great park information and history
- Try out sand sledding on the dunes. After renting a sled, find a large dune where others and sledding and go act like a kid again!
- Take pictures, lots of pictures. Photography is fun when you are surrounded by great shots.
The highlight of our visit to White Sands National Park was going to the park in the late evenings and filming sunsets going down behind the mountains. The clouds and sky were spectacular every night. This particular evening, we brought Annie, and it was an experience we will cherish forever. Oh, and the wildflowers were heavenly growing in the sand!
Size of Park
228 square miles
The “sand” at White Sands National Park is not silica like most inland sands, but is all almost pure gypsum.
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