Visiting White Sands National Park near Alamogordo, New Mexico
White Sands National Park lies in the Tularosa Basin at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert, about 16 miles south of Alamogordo, New Mexico. White Sands is made up of 275 square miles of gypsum sand dunes. White Sands has been a national momentum since 1933 but received national park status at the end of 2019. Interestingly, White Sands National Monument (now park) is located in between several military bases, which means the park sometimes closes due to missile tests. So, if you find the roads closed, you’ll know why. White Sands National Park is located about 50 miles northeast of Las Cruces New Mexico, and about 1.5 hours north of El Paso, Texas. If you can, don’t miss a sunset at White Sands, it’s an Incredible experience. Note, the park hours are 7am to 9pm, so if you visit in the summer, make sure you make your way out with enough time to exit at 9pm. Entrance Fee to the park is $25, or, you can use your national park pass
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