White Sands National Monument
The world’s largest gypsum-dune field is in New Mexico, and it’s an otherworldly land of giant white sand dunes rising up from the Tularose Basin.
Nearby is the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was detonated, but the real attraction is the wildlife. While limited for obvious reasons, most of the animals here have taken really amazing evolutionary leaps.
Some species of plants can actually survive burial by a moving dune by quickly growing upward to keep leaves above the rising sand, while lizards and mice are the perfect shade of white to match their surroundings.
Come here to picnic, hike and even sled down the massive sand piles.
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