White Sands National Park offers backpackers the opportunity to enjoy overnight camping on the white sands

and listening to the nocturnal activities of the animals that make their home in this unique ecosystem

Permits are issued at the park, the day of camping only.

Camping fees for White Sands are $3 per person per night for anyone 16 years of age or older, or $1.50 per night for those 15 and under.

If traveling alone or interested in learning about the flora and fauna of White Sands National Park, go on a ranger-led hike.

The park offers this one-hour Sunset Stroll hike an hour before sunset.

Reservations are not required for these ranger-guided hikes. Interested participants should meet at the Interdune Boardwalk.

An extremely beautiful place and definitely worth a stop if you find yourself near southern New Mexico.

The white sand dunes are something I have never seen before, mainly composed of a mineral called gypsum

For the best experience, plan to spend a full day at White Sands National Park. Hike the Alkali Flat Trail first thing in the morning,