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.