If you are in El Paso, you probably do not want to miss visiting White Sands National Monument in the New Mexico state. White Sands is basically a 275 square miles of desert full of wavy dunes. The gypsum sand makes the dunes all white. When you drive to White Sands, you can see the boundary between the White Sands and non-White Sands, which is pretty amazing! Anyway, you can easily search in the internet to know more about these fun-facts. Therefore, I will just jump to the crucial things you need to remember when you plan to visit the White Sands.
I do not recommend visiting White Sands during the summer (July or even the second half of June). The temperature frequently goes above one hundred degree fahrenheit in the summer. You will rather seek for a shelter instead of enjoying. The best times to be there are Autumn and Spring. We would recommend September, October, early November, February, March, and April. We went there in early November (and later in mid-May; the weather was quite good).
There are life forms even in the desert. You will find a long Interdune Boardwalk in White Sands. If you closely look at the surroundings you will find footprints of animals. We saw footprints of birds only. If you are lucky enough, you might find some volunteers explaining the footprints of other animals. We found someone who was explaining how White Sands were formed. Again, you can look up in the internet. Hearing from the volunteer standing right on top of White Sands was truly different.
|There are many exhibits around the Interdune Boardwalk.|
You can drive a few miles inside White Sands. Please do remember that there is no shop or restaurant inside. There are few shops, one of which is a gift shop (visitor center), near the entrance area. However, there is merely any food in these shops. If you plan to go there for couple of hours and if you have kids with you, please make sure to take enough food and drink with you. There is a place inside White Sands where there are many open barbecue charcoal grills that you can use.
There are many exciting activities that you can do if you plan ahead. You will be able to find them mostly here in this link: White Sands. Do not miss sledding on the sand. Please make sure to supervise when your children are sledding.
We hope that you will enjoy a visit to the White Sands.