White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Located 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico, these gleaming pure white (gypsum) sand dunes cover 140,247 acres. Supervised by the National park Service, there are many interesting displays in the headquarters and museum building on its formation, development, plant and animal life found in the sands. The store attached sells White Sand Souvenirs (made from the gypsum sand), post cards and short snack items. The park service road continues through the sand dunes to a play and picnic area in the heart of the GREAT WHITE SANDS.