White Sands - the slogan for White Sands is “Like No Place Else on Earth.” After visiting there several times, I would agree.
White sands is located in south central New Mexico and covers approximately 275 square miles of what seems to be endless white dunes. When you first arrive, it feels like you are on another planet: strange and truly magical. Ironically, the endless white dunes are not sand at all; they are made up of gypsum. Regardless, they provide truly out-of-this world landscapes and makes White Sands a photographer’s paradise.
It’s worth noting, if you are hoping that White Sands will provide enormous contiguous dunes with stacks and stacks of interesting shapes that just happen to be white, you will be disappointed. White Sands does provide interesting shapes of white sand (gypsum), but the dunes are not very tall (20-40ft.) and most dunes are in rows with gaps/valleys between each row. I am not saying this is bad, just different than the dunes of Death Valley or Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.