White Sands National Monument, New Mexico Museum of Space History, and Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogorgdo, New Mexico

We’ve noticed that state parks in New Mexico have practically no employees. There is no check-in, there’s a building for it, but it’s always closed. When you book a reservation you pick your site, you better remember it because there will be no one to remind you.

We really liked this park it was off the beaten-path, at the base of a canyon. It was very peaceful too because we were one of 2 campers there.

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There is not that much to see in this area. We went to White Sands National Monument and the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

White Sands is absolutely freaking gorgeous, it’s literally a miraculous sight! My mouth gapped at the awesomeness. This is the softest sand on earth. Made of gypsum, a very soft mineral, if it were softer it would have been baby powder, talc. The formation of this area is just amazing. Everything here working together to form this amazing geologic wonder, I just can’t get over how amazing this place is! Gypsum is dissolved from the neighboring mountain range by rain. The runoff travels down stream to a pond after snow melt and during rainy season. During dry seasons, the pond dries up causing the gypsum to evaporate into crystals. Over time, wind breakdown the brittle crystals. Eventually the crystals are weathered into fine particles creating gypsum sands of the giant dunes.

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The New Mexico Museum of Space History could use some TLC. It is out of date but still described New Mexico’s part in space history with the need to beat the Soviets in launching the first satellite into space. We watched an excellent IMAX movie about the Hubble telescope. The IMAX theater really needs some TLC too!

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