Our day 1 in Alamogardo in New Mexico and we were at the the amazing White Sands National Monument. The highlight of our trip to this lovely state and it was surely the best part of it.
Stopped by the visitor center for a few minutes before driving to the entrance -where we got the entry pass and the map. After going through the map, we decided to first get a glimpse of the sand dunes from the interdune boardwalk.
The shimmering white sand was all over the road while we drove into the park and parked our car to take a walk on the boardwalk. Its a short walk and one can get a good first look at the sands and the soaptree yucca & other desert vegetation.
As per the information booklet – ‘the white sands are the layers of gypsum left behind by the retreating Permian sea millions of years ago which covers the Tularosa basin now and is the largest gypsum dunefield in the world with an area of over 275 square miles’. Definitely, one of the most beautiful parks we have ever visited.
After seeing the views from boardwalk, we drove straight to the Alkali Flat Trail and were climbing the glistening sand hills to enjoy an amazing day. The endless waves of white sand and the deep blue skies – make an everlasting landscape.
We took off our shoes and were running & lying down on the sand along with the sun right above – it was a toasty winter afternoon. Though it was exhausting to climb up the hills again & again – we enjoyed sledging a lot. And by evening we were hungry, after enough walking, climbing & sledging. We came back to the car, dusted the sand off our shoes and clothes and had the much-needed snacks. And then it was time to go back to the hotel after a super amazing time.
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