Before heading home from our weekend in El Paso, we spent a few hours at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. It’s a place I had heard a lot about from friends, but never been because it’s a little out of the way (about 4 hours south of Albuquerque, NM and 1.5 hours north of El Paso, TX). If you are anywhere in the vicinity, you should totally go see it though! It’s very beautiful!
We drove there from El Paso and it’s interesting because you drive through the middle of nowhere for a good while, enter the park (the entrance fee is just a few dollars to park your car), and out of a sudden you are surrounded by white sand dunes everywhere. Gorgeous! It was a warm & sunny day and after parking the car, I took of my shoes and we started wandering around in the dunes. It would be very easy to get lost if you go too far in. I have to admit, my sense of orientation isn’t the greatest and I would have gotten lost on the way back. Lucky that Marco knew where we were!
We saw a lot of families with kids who brought plastic bags or other things to skid down the dunes on. What I enjoyed most was just walking barefoot in the cool sand though. So much fun! I kept expecting to see the sea after the next set of dunes, buf of course there is no water. I know there are many deserts without water. I guess I had just always asssociated sand with sea (or at least a large lake). Anyways, the White Sands National Monument is a really fun place to spend a few hours in and for me at least one of the top things to do in New Mexico.
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