White Sands National Monument

Every year in October my family makes a 9-hour trek south for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  We try to explore at least one other area in New Mexico while we're there and three years ago we drove 3.5 hours further south for a laid back day of fun at...

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I say laid back because it was so easy to forget every adult care on my mind and spend the whole day being a kid with my kids.  The landscape is pristine and beautiful.  We watched rain showers coming in over the mountains for four hours before they finally made their way to us.  There was digging and sledding and rolling and running.  We got filthy and wind-burned.  We laughed and played until our legs refused to go up the hill any more.  And we can't wait to go back and do it again. 

(Next time, however, we're definitely going to camp there.  It seems like it might always be a little windy, with sand blowing all around, but the thought of seeing hills of white beneath full moonlight will surely make it worth the pain.)


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A pretty amazing place to spend a day with your family 
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Where was the last place you played in the sand all day?

More Information

The park is adjacent to the White Sands Missile Range.  
From time to time they do conduct missile testing there, 
causing temporary closures at the park.  
Be sure to check before driving all that way!

The gift shop does rent them out for a minimal daily price.
Look for the used ones for an even better deal.