White Sands National Monument is located 13 miles from Alamogordo, Nm. We arrived around 9:00 and were able to catch the first showing of the movie discussing the park. Great movie. We drove the 8 mile loop twice, had to see it from both sides. Due to the time of the year, there were only about 4 other cars in the park when we were there.
Some of the dunes move about 35 feet per year, so the park is in a state of constant change.
Skunk sumac spreads it roots deep so that it is not affected by the drifting sand.
the dunes are made up of tiny grains of gypsum that glimmer in the sunlight