{Travel} White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

{Travel} White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.

I found this place on instagram some times last year, I can't forget about its unique beauty ever since that I decided to make a trip out here in Next Mexico; I just need to see it in person. The pictures here don't do it justice. It was so siren and almost surreal. The moving sands are sparkly like diamonds and soft like water. Different from other desert, the sands here are moist due to the water underneath the desert. I highly recommend you to go visit this amazing place.

Travel tips: 

1. nearest city is Alamogordo, New Mexico

2.  Transportation: There is no local airport, The closest major airport to White Sands, New Mexico is El Paso International Airport (ELP / KELP). This airport is in El Paso, Texas and is 51 miles from the center of White Sands, NM. If you're looking for domestic flights to ELP, check the airlines that fly to ELP. So, it's best to plan a road trip, and check out a rental car at the airport once you landed. 

3. Hotel: there is no fancy hotels in town, but there are a few comfortable ones like Holiday Inn Express that's 15 minutes drive from the white sand national monuments. 

Food: Not much good options, but for the 3 days we stayed there, we dined at Jonny's Carino for Italian food, Ihop for breakfast, and there is a pretty decent Vietnamese pho place called Pho Saigon


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