fun facts about 

white sands national park

When flying into El Paso, you can see the glistening white sands of New Mexico from the sky.

White Sands sits between two mountain ranges. – San Andres     Mountains – Sacramento    Mountains

The world’s largest gypsum dune field spans 275 square miles.

The park entrance fee is $25 per car, and your pass is good for seven days, starting at the date of purchase.

The park is in the Mountain time zone.

Dunes Drive is 8 miles long through the core of rolling dunes, making your tour a 16-mile round-trip journey.

Sled riding is the #1 activity.

There are five hiking trails in the park. Each is well-marked and offers beautiful scenery.

It is VERY easy to get lost.

Temperatures can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months and below freezing in the winter.

The park offers ranger guided full moon hikes.

Ten Common Birds – Cactus wren – Northern     Mockingbird – Loggerhead shrike – Western kingbird – Horned lark – Greater Roadrunner – Chihuahuan raven – Swaison’s hawk – Red-tailed hawk – Northern harrier

Ten Common Reptiles – Bleached earless lizard – Common side-    blotched lizard – Desert box turtle – Long-nosed leopard    lizard – Little white whiptail – Prairie rattlesnake – Sonoran gopher snake – Southwestern fence     lizard – Western coachwhip – Western diamondback     rattlesnake

Ten Common Mammals – American badger – Apache pocket mouse – Black-tailed jackrabbit – Bobcat – Coyote – Desert cottontail – Kit fox – Merriam’s kangaroo rat – Pocket gopher – Porcupine

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