New mexico s white sands national park hit the big leagues in december 2019 becoming the country s 62nd national park. Access 0 trusted reviews 0 photos 0 tips from fellow rvers.
Like an ocean wave of rare white crystal gypsum sand white sands national monument in the desert of new mexico is known for dramatic landscapes of rare white gypsum sand dunes in 2019 white sands nat.
White sands new mexico national parks. White sands national park is on new mexico highway 70 between mile marker 199 and 200 52 miles from las cruces and 16 miles from alamogordo 20 minutes drive. White sands national park is an american national park located in the state of new mexico on u s. Rising from the heart of the tularosa basin is one of the world s great natural wonders the glistening white sands of new mexico.
After half a decade of legislative holdups new mexico s white sands national monument has officially been designated a national park. Alerts in effect dismiss dismiss view all alerts contact us. Current conditions current covid 19 closure order for white sands national park.
National park new mexico. Located 220 miles south of albuquerque white sands is the. File this march 19 2011 file photo shows visitors hiking the shifting dunes of white sands national monument near alamogordo n m.
Route 70 approximately 15 miles 24 km southwest of alamogordo and 52 miles 84 km northeast of las cruces in western otero county and northeastern doña ana county the park is situated at an average elevation of about 4 000 feet 1 219 m in the tularosa basin and comprises the southern part. Find the best campgrounds rv parks near white sands new mexico. Informed rvers have rated 11 campgrounds near white sands new mexico.
New mexico cabinet secretary for tourism jen schroer said. But the beautiful site just received the. Great wave like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert creating the world s largest gypsum dunefield.
It protects the largest gypsum dune on earth a remnant of bygone lakes. We opted to stay in las cruces even though it was a longer drive at 1 hour each way because it made more sense coming from tucson and because it s a larger town with more dining. Stretching 275 square miles in southern new mexico the white sands national monument has long been a favorite spot among road trippers and photographers.