Having left Los Angeles behind, we are heading today to New Mexico, where we had a great time visiting our cousins, and more precisely to the White Sands National Monument.

White Sands is unlike anything I have ever come across before. Set in the Tularosa Basin, these massive, sparkling dunes cover over 700 square kilometres of desert… They are made of gypsum, which starts in the form of translucent grains. When the wind makes the grains move around, they hit and damage each other. The light then reflects differently on these marks and it gives the impression that the sand is white. I have been there twice, once in daylight when it really was blinding and once at sunset, as you can see on the photos below. Just gorgeous.

This national park is also located adjacent to a missile range and therefore closes from time to time when missile tests are in progress. I remember that cars get stopped and passengers have to show their passport while going through that area.

White Sands has a visitor centre with a museum, book and gift shops and refreshments. Events, field seminars and workshops for adults and children are also regularly organized. You can find out more about this wonderful nature wonder on their website.

What do you think? Would White Sands appeal to you?
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    1. Thank you, Fiona, it is a magnificent place.
      I now have a new camera and would love to go back and take more pictures!! 😉 xx

  1. My sister lives in New Mexico, so I have visited the State several times, but I’ve never been to White Sands. It looks stunning, although barren – which is my enduring memory of New Mexico, beautiful but desolate. #WhatstheStory

  2. Oh wow Katia! White sands would most definitely appeal – be rather lovely to be there now wouldn’t it! Fabulous post and beautiful photos, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

    1. Unfortunately I am not there now, this was a few years ago… No shortage of sun, that is for sure! 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you. I have never been to Gread Sand Dunes but I am now curious! Not much wind in White Sands. xx

    1. It is, isn’t it… There were a few people when we arrived but by the time we left we were pretty much alone. My back is a lot less brown at the moment but it will be again this summer… 😉 xx

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