Making Sand Angels (White Sands National Park)

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I laughed when I saw my son making sand angels when we visited White Sands National Park in New Mexico. We were on our way to Canyonlands National Park, so we only spent about an hour playing in the sand, which was ultra fine and starkly white.

We took off our shoes and left footprints in the sand. The wind made ripples that made the sand look other-worldly. I felt like I was walking on the moon.

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My oldest son lay down and flapped his arms up and down in the sand to create a sand angel. He must have felt like the white sand resembled snow. Apparently the sand is made of white gypsum. This national park is the largest deposit of gypsum sand in the world.

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Not very much grows in this sand; it’s kind of like a desert. In fact, there are lizards and other desert animals hiding in the dry shrubs.

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It definitely looks like another world. It’s silent except for the wind blowing on the sand.

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Here’s a picture with my husband at White Sands National Park.

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Here is a weird shrub on an outcropping. It looks like an enormous chia pet.

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You can see how bizzare this place looks. Its unusual white sand makes it a unique place to visit, and my kids loved it!

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6 Responses to “Making Sand Angels (White Sands National Park)”

  1. Heather Hart says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I love family vacations. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  2. It looks like you all had a lot of fun! And that National Park looks so uniquely beautiful. I’m adding it to my travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Julie says:

    Looks like a fun place to take the kids! It almost looks like snow. My kids would be digging, building and making snow angels too!

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