AZ-NM: White Sands, New Mexico

Friday, November 14, 2014

White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument

I had no idea White Sand National Monument existed. It's even weirder that it's in this country. Sand dunes without a beach. Like a desert that's not hot. Really really weird. And awesome. The visitor's center had sleds to rent, for sliding down the dunes, but it was closed by the time we got there.

I've always kinda wanted to see the sahara. And this is likely about as close as one can get in the United States. Maybe next time, we backpack.

Endless dunes of gypsum.

White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument
White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument
White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument
White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument White Sands, NM: Animal Prints
White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument
White Sands, NM: White Sands National Monument at Sunset

Afterwards, we drove a bit to have dinner in Alamogordo and a bit further to camp for the night. At the James Canyon Campground near Cloudcroft, NM we were one of only two sets of campers. Just the way we like sleeping in a tent: nice and deserted with no loud/bright neighbors nearby.

White Sands, NM: James Canyon Campground
White Sands, NM: James Canyon Campground

AZ/NM Vacation
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Sedona, Arizona, 1 day
Tucson, Arizona, 3 days
White Sands, New Mexico, 1 day
Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, 1 day
Roswell & Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1 day each

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