White Sands National Park

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,

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the ethereal dunes sweep across an other-worldy carpet of snow-white gypsum–

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–remarkably cool to the touch,

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and perfect for sledding, 

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or dog walking.

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Despite initial impressions of isolation,

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within a vast barren landscape…

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White Sands harbors a fragile eco-system that manages to survive…

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despite its harsh surroundings…

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and uncertain conditions.

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But whichever way the wind blows…

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the real fascination of White Sands occurs when the sun dips below the horizon,

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and awakens the magic that ignites the desert glow.

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Have yourself a Happy Holiday and a White Christmas!

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