White Sands National Monument is a unique place, resting between to mountain ranges in a valley near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The area was first explored by U.S. Cavalry in the mid-1800s.
You access it from Highway 70 about 16 miles west of town, and then ride north into the sandy flats a few miles on tarmac before the road changes to sand.
The sand is blindingly white and I have a hard time photographing it without my sunglasses on so that I can see the camera screen clearly. There are cacti, grass and yucca plants growing in places, but in others this place is a sea of sand dunes.
There are lots of tracks and trails in the sand where people venture off the road out to climb a dune and get a better look. But the winds quickly erase the footprints.