It was a nice calm day and perfect for visiting the White Sands National Monument. I checked out the Visitor’s Center first upon arriving and watched a 30 minute video on how the White Sands were formed. Then with my “Geezer Pass”(known as the America the Beautiful Senior Pass) and my drivers license in hand I drove to the park entrance. Cost to get into the park – $0.00. That’s what I like to hear – a big fat $0.00!!
The first thing I came upon was the Dune Life Nature Trail. It is a one mile trail that takes you into the dunes and has great signage about the plants and animals that call the dunes their home. Below are a few pics I took on this nature trail.
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I even was lucky to run into this little guy. The skin color of this lizard has evolved over the years to protect it from predators. You might want to click on it to get a better view of this little guy.
This is a Rio Grande cottonwood tree that is able to live off the water located under the dunes, even though most of it is covered by the dunes. As long as the top leaves still flourish the tree will remain alive.
It is amazing that plants can grow and flower with only a small rainfall each year. The area gets less then 10 inches of rain yearly. I was able to get pics of a few plants that were still flowering.
My rig looks more like it is in Mammoth Lakes CA on a winter ski trip then the White Sands desert. I’m ready to hit the slopes. LOL!!
White Sands does give you the feeling you are in the snow high in the mountains. It is really unique and no other place on earth is like this. Their signs say that you were not allowed to take any sand from the park. When I got back to my campsite I realized I had a great deal of sand in my shoes. Oh well ! I didn’t take it. It just decided to come along with me. HA!