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WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

This was probably one of lil Stephen Riley's favorite days on the trip!  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.

FUN FACTS

 -  The White Sands National Monument is made up entirely of gypsum crystals that form dunes that stretch over 275 square miles.

-  The site of the first atomic bomb detonation is located on the northern boundary of the National Park

-   Gypsum, what makes up the dunes is actually a clear substance; the dunes appear white like snow because the gypsum grains are constantly banging into each other. The scratches then reflect the sun’s rays making them look white.

-  Gypsum doesn’t absorb heat from the sun, so even on the hottest day of the year; the dunes are cool and comfortable to walk on.

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As always, thanks so much for stopping by and being part of our lives.  If you're camping / visiting White Sands we highly recommend staying at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park nearby.