As of December 20, 2019, White Sands National Monument became America’s 62nd national park, and just in time for those seeking a very white Christmas.
Spanning 275 square miles of the Tularosa Basin,
the ethereal dunes sweep across an other-worldy carpet of snow-white gypsum–
–remarkably cool to the touch,
and perfect for sledding,
or dog walking.
Despite initial impressions of isolation,
within a vast barren landscape…
White Sands harbors a fragile eco-system that manages to survive…
despite its harsh surroundings…
and uncertain conditions.
But whichever way the wind blows…
the real fascination of White Sands occurs when the sun dips below the horizon,
and awakens the magic that ignites the desert glow.
Have yourself a Happy Holiday and a White Christmas!