White Sands National Monument Photo Gallery

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At 275 square miles, White Sands National Monument is the largest pure gypsum dune field in the world.  
Credit: New Mexico Department of Tourism 
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There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sand dunes, including sledding. Most visitors use plastic snow sleds—they're even available for purchase in the park gift shop.  
Credit: New Mexico Department of Tourism 
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The Dunes Drive is an eight-mile scenic road that stretches from the park visitor's center into the heart of the White Sands dune field.  
Credit: New Mexico Department of Tourism 
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A few times a year, the park hosts Full Moon Bike Rides where bicyclists have three hours to roll their wheels along the Dunes Drive under a lunar light.  
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At least 45 picnic tables exist in White Sands, and all come complete with shelter and grill. A couple can be found near the visitor's center, while the rest are in the heart of the park, near the end of Dunes Drive.  
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This is not a mirage. Lake Kucero is a dry lakebed depression that ocassionally fills with water. It's a remnant of a much larger lake that was once part of Tularosa Basin.  
Credit: National Park Service 
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The dunes of White Sands are constantly shifting. Some parts move up to 30 feet a year, others—usually closer to the core—move merely inches.  
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Leave the shoes at home. The gypsum of White Sands' dunes does not convert the sun's energy into heat as it does with quartz-based sand crystals. Hence, the dunes stay cool enough for bare feet, even in the hottest summer months.  
Credit: Tom Bol/Getty 
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Plants in White Sands have adapted to the harsh conditions of the desert, enduring extreme temperature fluctuations and being buried under the moving sand dunes.  
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