Interesting facts about White Sands

Interesting facts about White Sands

White Sands National Monument in the state of New Mexico, United States of America is a massive field of sand dunes made of gypsum crystals. Trying to remember when you last heard about gypsum? Yeah right! Chalks, those blackboard chalk material and this is a huge field making it look like a paradise. Don’t try to eat all of it though :D. It is the newest National Park, added to the giants like Yosemite and Grand Canyon recently, so get to the park before everyone else does. Here are few interesting facts about White Sands, the largest gypsum dune in the world :

1. Gypsum grains make it look like snow-land, thus creating one of a kind views.

White Sands
Sea of Chalk

Planning a visit? Extreme caution is advised on I-10 while traveling from Texas at night as roads are too narrow and is a playground for rabbits and deer all the way.

2. Dunes are cold at any time of the day/year as gypsum don’t absorb heat but reflects sun rays making them look white. Lets just call it snow.

Foot Steps
Your feet will thank you here but your heart too if you are with sun glasses and sunscreen

Spring is the time for heavy winds and you don’t want to be in winds here.

3. You will be standing yards away from atomic bomb detonation.

B&W pic of White Sands
The part of this vast dune field is a test location for US military

Watch out for periodic closings due to military installations before visiting.

4. Craving to watch UFOs? This is the place. Just kidding but there are people who claim there have been sightings. Only those know 😀

Sand Domes
Sand domes and sculptures all around park make great locations for photography

Carry proper ID/passport. Multiple checkpoints in New Mexico check resident status.

5. Rent snow-saucers at park gift shop to sled down the dunes at designated locations for hours of fun.

Flora and Fauna at the Park
Visitors Center is a splendid construction

6. Lovely place to catch sunrise or preferably sunset. There are even tours on full moon day. Watch out for lizards.

Its a Paradise
Stunning views over the dunes at any time of the day

Visitor center is a beauty itself, an old historical Spanish architecture with several exhibits.

7. Fan of Transformers? You will recognize this place instantly. Transformers 1 and 2 war scenes are shot right here.

Great location
Those wind trails on the gypsum grains is added beauty to the place.

And check!

White Sands

Hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about White Sands National Park. Are you traveling already? 

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