White Sands National Monument is within the Tularosa Basin, located in southern New Mexico. Here you will find great waves of dunes made with gypsum crystals. Gypsum is rarely found in the form of sand because it is water-soluble. Normally, rain would dissolve the gypsum and carry it to the sea. Since the Tularosa Basin has no outlet to the sea, rain that dissolves gypsum from the surrounding San Andres and Sacramento Mountains is trapped within the basin, and the rain either sinks into the ground or forms shallow pools which subsequently dry out and leave gypsum in a crystalline form, called selenite, on the surface.
The visitor center is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
White Sands is also a good destination for photography. Not only during a sunny day, in which the contrast of the white sand and the blue skies create a good photo, but even during bad days, nice photos can be created too.
From Roswell, NM, we stopped at White Sands National Monument. Though it is not a sunny day, we still tried to check out the park.
After two day, it’s a nice sunny day and we decided to visit the park again 🙂
The best times to visit the park is during spring and fall when the temperatures are moderate. So the next time you’re heading to the southwest, make time to visit White Sands. It might be a little out-of-the-way, but it’s an experience you won’t forget.
More information: www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm