They say that White Sands National Park is "like no place else on earth" and after visiting it many times, I cannot disagree. It's an eye opening phenomenal that leaves you in awe with the amazing landscape. It's in the middle of nowhere, rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico and it is one of the world's great natural wonders. From wave-like dunes consisting of gypsum sand, it encompasses 275 miles of desert. You will not find a larger gypsum dunefield in the world. Not only is it picturesque but it provides many opportunities to make great memories from camping to trail walking to star gazing and most importantly, sledding!
This is truly a highlight of White Sands. Just find a dune and either bring your own sled or you can purchase or rent one at the visitor center. We have been sledding many times and accompanied my family to the site as you can't go anywhere near this location without taking the trek to visit. My family had a very memorable time and still continues to talk about it years later.
One of the events that I did not get to participate in are the one hour guided sunset strolls. The guides provide information on the geology, plants and animals that you might encounter. They have Junior Ranger programs for the children and many more events for the whole family.
One thing to note, they do close the park when there are missile tests by nearby White Sands Missile Range so make sure you check the park alerts before heading out!
A little background about White Sands National Monument Park: