The Monument is located right in the middle of the White Sands missile range and they had scheduled test firing of missiles a couple days ago. They close down RT 70 when this happens and no traffic can go through. To bypass this highway would entail a drive of well over 150 miles. So much for that visit.
However, we took a lot of pictures the last time we were there and I thought I'd blog about them. The entrance to the park is 50 miles east of Las Cruces via RT 70. As you leave Las Cruces there is a long uphill and downhill grade that some RVs have trouble handling. Our MH takes the uphill in stride and I use the transmission gears to help slow down on the descent side. No real problem with a car since it is a good 4 lane highway to the park.
You can't miss the entrance to the park since it is the only building for miles around. They have a nice visito'rs center with the usual souvenirs available for sale. Make sure you take a lot of water with you on your visit if you go. The moisture will be sucked right out of your body.
|White Sands National Monument entrance|
While the area is called white sands, the material is really gypsum covering 275 square miles of the desert. It is so white that it easily passes for snow, until you feel the heat off the sands.
|No, it isn't snow.|
They have areas where you can walk out in the sands to check the plant life and wildlife living there. One large area has a really nice boardwalk to make the viewing and walking a lot easier.
|Boardwalk viewing area|
|This looks like a lot of fun.|
|Picnic area with shelters and toilets.|
Our daughter Barbara was born in Washington, DC and spent the first 23 years of her life living in the area. Then she got married and they moved south and then further south. Her tastes in vehicles has changed over the years from sporty cars to pickup trucks. Now she has taken it one step further and has taken to riding our grandsons new lawnmower. Really makes a father proud to see how his children have turned out. She even got dressed up to cut the grass.
Sorry Barbara, the devil made me do it.