New Mexico was our next travel adventure as we visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park. After that, we drove about three hours across southern part of this beautiful state. We visited a petting zoo, and stopped for a barbecue lunch in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. It is a town high in the mountains overlooking the area near White Sands. We then traveled to White Sands National Park, previously known as White Sands National Monument. Here we enjoyed incredible sunsets and hiking through the dunes. White Sands National Park was extremely impressive and our dog, Annie, loved playing in the sand. If you find yourself in this part of the country, make sure to include both of these interesting New Mexico National Parks into your itinerary.
Visit to southern New Mexico Parks
Another reason to visit these two incredible parks is the extreme diversity and beauty. An added bonus is that they are both within a day’s drive from each. Carlsbad Caverns National Parks is a fascinating underground world with massive limestone caves with huge formations. It also has the largest underground chamber in North America.
White Sands National Park is a surreal landscape with rolling white gypsum sand dunes. The sand is just begging you to come hike, sled or play in this unique wonder.