Today started out perfectly, a travel mug full of coffee and a caravan of cars filled with friends. To me, that is a great way to start a Saturday. We headed up to White Sands National Monument, which is just outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico (About 1.5 hours away). Hubs and I have been up to White Sands, several times to go sand sledding, but our friends had not, which was why we decided to go again.
|White Sands National Monument
White sand as far as you can see, like snow that isn’t cold. In fact, one of the little girls with us today kept saying “SNOW!” when we first arrived. It is truly a sight that is unique and one of a kind. I still get caught up in the landscape, and seeing nothing but white sand for miles in some directions.
|White Sands entry|
|White Sands, New Mexico|
Sledding on sand is so much fun! Who knew that a sled, and a bit of wax could be so much fun on a hill of sand. It really is that simple, just pull up a sled and ride out the day.
|Diggin at White Sands!|
- Do not take sand with you! White Sands is a national monument, taking sand with you (other than the amount that sticks to you) is against the rules
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. There is little to no shade in the park.
- Sleds get scratched easily, so waxing your sled keeps it moving smooth.
- For myself, walking barefoot is a lot easier in the fine sand, than with shoes.
- The sand is much finer than the sand you see at beaches. It will get into everything you bring.
- Take lots of water!
- For the steeper slopes head all the way back to the picnic areas.
- Enjoy the view by walking past the first set of dunes and away from traffic to enjoy the quiet, but do not go out too far and forget where your car is located.