Posts From The Road: White Sands National Park

Footprints: At first glance the footprints appear to be in snow but that is not the case. The footprints were left by a park visitor climbing to the top of a sand dune. Photo by Gary Warren/

Admiring the View: A group of visitors admire the view from the ridge of a sand dune as they look across miles of dunes near the San Andres Mountains in southern New Mexico. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos


Our country’s newest National Park is right here in New Mexico! White Sands National Monument officially became White Sands National Park in December 2019. White Sands is the 62nd National Park in the U.S.

The park is located in the Tularosa Basin just outside of Alamogordo. It had been a National Monument since 1933 before becoming a National Park.

The park is made up of 275 square miles of white gypsum sand. Many plants and grasses also can be seen throughout the park but the white sand dunes seem to go as far as the eye can see.

Just as the park literature says: White Sands is “Like No Place Else on Earth”. It truly is a natural wonder.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he is sharing his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Ripples: The winds continually change the configuration of the sand dunes in the park. The wind creates ripples in the sand as it blows across the landscape. Photo by Gary Warren/

Days End: The sun casts long shadows across the sand as it sets causing the landscape to shift from bright white to a golden color. Photo by Gary Warren/

Last Light: Visitors are silhouetted against the colors of the sunset as they stand on a sand dune at White Sands National Park. Photo by Gary Warren/


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