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    This is a surreal experience. Having grown up in the Midwest, I felt like I was surrounded by snow here, only I was warm and comfortable. This is a must see!

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  • White Sands National MonumentPro 2014
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    I was in awe of White Sands. The place is so vast. And white. And awesomely sandy. Really soft sand. I could spend days on these dunes. We ended up sledding down them over and over on our second day there. This place is still one of my top favorite places. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

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    Probably the most mind-warping national park: It's really, really hard to get over the idea that you're not looking at snow. Stick around till sunset, and it's a little easier to see you're in a desert. And take one of the guided tours--there's a surprising amount of wildlife out here!

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    There are sugar-white dunes moving through the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico at a rate of nearly 30 feet per year. As the mineral-rich water of nearby Lake Lucero evaporates, it forms gypsum deposits that are then shaped by the wind into these dunes. Since the early 1900s, visitors have been here to hike; ranger tours and bus tours along the 16-mile Dunes Drive are also offered through the National Parks Service.

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    Very cool sand dunes, so white that it almost looks like snow. Make sure you put on a pair of shades, because when the sun is out the reflection of the sand can be blinding

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  • White Sands National MonumentPro 2014
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    This is one of the most remarkable geophysical phenomena I've ever laid eyes on, in any country of the world. The sand is soft, cool, whiter than snow and rolls on as far as the eye can see. Corralled in a ring of ragged desert mountains, there is something distinctly spiritual about the experience here. Everything is unique, alien to the senses and fantastically beautiful. Even the occasional roar of a Stealth Fighter soaring overhead does not detract from the wild, quiet wilderness aura. If anything, it almost adds to the novelty, as if "Oh my, you don't see that everyday...". I long to go back here for a longer visit. Learn the plants and see some of the nocturnal desert animals that call this wonderland home.

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    It really is white and so soft!! A fascinating experience. I highly recommend buying or renting a sled from the visitors center and sledding the dunes-- we had a blast!!

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    Wow, love this amazing place! Blast to play in!

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    It was HOT, HOT, HOT.103 .in the shade, it was HOT. !

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    This place is really great!

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    Don't miss this New Mexico amazing attraction. all white sands(looks like snow).

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Description

Looking more like blankets of snow than desert dunes, the gypsum sands of White Sands National Monument engulf 275 square miles of New Mexico's Tularosa Basin. Composing the largest gypsum dune field in the world, the Monument was created to protect the unusual glistening sands, along with a unique assemblage of plants and animals that have adapted to them. Unlike quartz-based sand crystals, gypsum sand does not readily heat up in the sun, so visitors can safely explore dunes in bare feet, even in the hottest of summer months. A number of U.S. military installations are immediately adjacent to the Monument, creating a unique dynamic between pristine desert wilderness and cutting edge jet fighters. Be sure to check out Alkali Flat, where an extinct Ice Age lake has left it's footprint as a large plain of selenite crystals.

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